Compact Flash Card Error Recovery

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)

Restore files from damaged CF card showing error

Compact flash cards are the memory cards which use flash memory to store files on it. These memory cards are used in digital cameras, camcorders, SmartPhones and other digital devices. It is possible to save the pictures of higher resolution and videos of high definition on CF cards. You can choose the CF cards according to the requirement of data storage capacity. You can easily insert and remove the CF card in different devices. Hence, making the data transfer easy using it. You can transfer the files on it to a drive on the computer and make free space to save new file on the CF card.


You had transferred some of the files on the CF card of your camera when the card memory was full. When you insert the card into the camera for reusing, you had left with fewer shots. After capturing few clicks from the CF card, you transfer them again to the computer. Now, you are shocked to find that the card is showing only three clicks left out after transferring all the photos on it. When you try to click more pictures, it is showing “Card full”. This error occurs when format the CF card on the computer but not on the camera. When you do so, some of the electronic information on the card is deleted. Deleting the pictures from the camera or formatting the camera on the computer will not help you to use the camera memory fully. You should know the proper usage of the CF card in the digital devices to void such errors. Improper usage of the CF card leads to many such errors as given below

  • Card not formatted
  • No CF card
  • There is a problem with the CF card
  • Error 99
  • Card not initialized, etc.

The above mentioned errors may occur due to CF card corruption, improper insertion of the CF card due to which the card is not getting detected, etc. The CF card may get corrupted due to file system corruption, abrupt ejection of the CF card, using faulty card reader, improper handling of the CF card and so on. If you have lost your files from the CF card due to any of the card error then you can recover those files using recovery software. You can perform CompactFlash card error recovery using recovery software. Flash card recovery software is the most recommended recovery software for CF cards.


Precautions to be taken to recover lost files from CF card:


If you have lost the files from the interface of the CF card that doesn’t mean that you have lost it forever. The files will be still there on the physical drive of the CF card. To recover those files you need recovery software. You should take some precautions when you lose your CF card files as given below.
You should stop using the CF card as soon as the data is lost as there are chances of data getting overwritten by new files. Choose proper recovery software which can scan the drive efficiently.


Few tips to avoid CF card corruption:

 

  • Do not use the CF card in different devices frequently.
  • Use branded card reader to read the CF card.
  • Always safe remove the CF card from the port of the computer.

 

Advantageous features of flash card recovery software:

 

The flash card recovery software helps to restore flash card files on Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. The software supports NTFS, NTFS5, FAT16, FAT32 and ExFAT file systems on Windows. The software has simple user interface and it has read only mechanism. Hence, there are no chances of files being overwritten by the software. You not only can recover error showing flash cards but also can retrieve deleted files from flash card using the software. The software has separate builds for Mac and Windows OS based computers. Hence, you can recover flash cards on Mac computers also. The software can recover files from different storage devices like hard drive, iPods, external hard drives, memory cards, etc. The software has powerful scanning mechanism that it can even recover formatted flash card.

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)

 

Steps to recover files from CF card throwing error messages:

 

Step 1: Download the flash card recovery software and install the software on your computer. Connect the flash drive which is showing an error message and launch the software. Select “Recover Photos” option from the main menu of the software.

 

Recover flash card used in digital cameras - Main Window

 

Fig A: Main Screen

 

Step 2: Then select “Recover Lost Photos” option on the next screen.

 

Recover flash card used in digital cameras - Select Lost/Deleted photos for recovery

 

Fig B: Select Recover Lost Photos

 

Step 3:Select the drive of the CF card and click "Next" to scan the drive.

 

Recover flash card used in digital cameras - Select Flash Card for recovery

 

Fig C: Select CF Card

 

 

Step 4: Select the file types if you know and click “Next” to start the recovery process. You can use “Skip” option to scan for all the file types on the CF card.

 

 

Recover flash card used in digital cameras - Select file type

 

Fig D: Select File Type

 

Step 5: After scanning, the files are displayed in "File Type view" or "Data view". You can use "Preview" option to preview a recovered file and save those on your computer using "Save" option.

 

Recover flash card used in digital cameras - Recovered files from flash card

 

Fig E: Recovered files list

 

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)

 

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