Compact Flash cards in short CF cards are one of the flash memory cards used mostly in cell phones, game consoles, digital cameras, etc. It can be found in different brands such as Kingston, SanDisk, Sony, and Transcend in different size & storage limit. But what if you lose files from CF card? Whatever be the cause, losing favorite pictures is awful when they have your old memories. Don’t worry you can recover all these files without overcoming any hurdles, but before that let us walk through some data loss scenarios that lead to loss of files from CF card.
Various reasons that cause data loss from CF card are as follows:
- Unintentional deletion of photos: There is a high chance of deleting images from CF card accidentally as it a common mistake done by human. The pictures that have been accidentally deleted by pressing “DELETE” option does not move to Recycle Bin instead it bypasses it and gets deleted permanently. Also the pictures that are deleted from memory card when it is connected to your Mac system, will not be stored in Trash. If you looking to restore these deleted pictures from your Mac OS then, click here to get the suitable recovery application.
- Deletion of pictures due to virus: CF cards unlike any other storage devices are more prone to viruses. When you plug your CF card via card reader to infected system then your card may also get affected by virus. Viruses are the malicious programs that can destroy card or they may also delete important files resulting in loss of files. Using antivirus programs to remove viruses may lead to deletion of files along with the virus when it fails to repair harmful viruses. This may cause deletion of essential pictures from CF card.
- Interruption during copying process: While transferring images from CF card to a system using “CUT+ PASTE” command if any interruption occurs due to any reasons then it may result in deletion of your precious pictures. When you remove the pictures from CF card using this command and power fails or system get terminate improperly before completing the copying process then there may be chance of losing photos.
- Improper removal of CF card: Data loss usually occurs, if the CF card is plugged out improperly before files are completely written to it during file transfer process. Once again when you connect the card then there is a possibility of encountering error messages indicating corruption of file resulting in data loss.
You might be thinking once you lose all your files you will not be able to get them back but you are wrong. With the help of image recovery software, an excellent utility you can recover images from Compact Flash card easily. It is built with a strong technique that can retrieve lost image files from all types of storage devices. It can also be used by a novice user. It has the ability to restore JPG files and also other different types of image formats like as JPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, BMP, PSD etc. You can also employ this software to retrieve files back from memory cards like SD, SDHC, MiniSDHC, MicroSDHC, MMC, XD. Not only memory cards it can also undelete files from external HDD, Fire Wire Drives, iPod devices, USB drives, etc. You can run this application on both Window & Mac Operating System.
This software can also be used to recover deleted photos from computer hard drive. It can help you to undelete photos that are deleted permanently by using "Shift + Delete" key or command prompts. You can read here to know how to recover deleted images from Recycle Bin by using this software.
Procedure to perform CF card recovery
1:Connect Compact Flash card to your system then run the application, you will find three options in the main page. Select "Recover Photos" & after that you need to select either "Recover Deleted Photos" or "Recover Lost Photos"
Figure A: Welcome Window
2: Then the Image recovery software will ask you to choose the CF card among all other available drives to recover pictures from CF card.
Figure B: Select CF Card
3:The software starts scanning to recover CF card. You can view the recovered data by clicking on "Preview" option.
Figure C: Recovered Image Files