A Compact Flash card is an IC (Integrated Circuit) which is stored in a compact and rugged plastic enclosure. Compact Flash cards are designed to store data and to enable the transfer of data between devices equipped with Compact Flash slots.
CompactFlash remains popular and is supported not only in many high end consumer devices, but in some professional applications as well. As of 2012, both Canon and Nikon use CompactFlash as storage medium for their flagship digital still cameras. Canon also chose CompactFlash as the recording medium for its professional high-definition tapeless video cameras. Ikegami professional video cameras can record digital video onto CompactFlash cards through an adaptor.
Originally, flash memory used Flash File System and JFFS to work around low-level technical issues. Hardware now hides much of the complexity from the end user, and CompactFlash cards for use in consumer devices are typically formatted as FAT12 (for media up to 16 MB), FAT16 (for media up to 2 GB, sometimes up to 4 GB) and FAT32 (for media larger than 2 GB). This lets the devices be read by personal computers but also suits the limited processing ability of some consumer devices such as cameras.
Compact Flash Type I cards are 43mm long, 36mm wide, and 3.3mm thick.
Compact Flash Type II cards are 43mm long, 36mm wide, and 5mm thick.
The theoretical transfer speed of Compact Flash 2.0 is 16MB/sec.
The Compact Flash standard was introduced by SanDisk Corporation in 1994.
Compact Flash Plus (CF+)
Compact Flash Plus (CF+) extends Compact Flash to provide functionality such as micro hard drives, modems, Ethernet cards, 802.11 Wi-Fi cards, serial cards, Bluetooth cards, and more.
This makes Compact Flash the most versatile of the flash media formats.
For more information on Compact Flash, refer to the Compact Flash Specification.
Can't find your file in Compact Flash card? Did this just happen to you?
Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition can recover files from Compact Flash card!
Step A: Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition, and choose a module according to the reason for data loss on your Flash card. "Deleted File Recovery" is for deletion recovery, "Complete Recovery" is for format recovery, and "Partition Recovery" is used when partition is lost, deleted or corrupted.
Step B: Select the file types you want to recover. Tick 'Search all lost files automatically' to find all lost file types.
Step C: Select the Compact flash to recover files from and click "NEXT" to start searching, and then you will see a list of volumes where data loss possibly happens. You will see file/folder tree very soon.
Step D: Choose and preview lost files on your flash card that you want to recover. Then select a directory and save files on the healthy partition.
You can download the free Compact flash recovery software now with the detailed instructions to have a fair idea whether your lost files can be recovered from your Compact flash. Apart from recovering lost files from Compact flash, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard also supports recovering files from hard drive, hardware RAID, external drives, SD and Memory Cards, etc.
If your data on the Compact Flash card has been overwritten by new content, then the chance to recover tem will be little. For better data security of the Compact Flash card, EaseUS offer you free backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup. It provides system backup & restore, hard disk or partition backup & restore, disk clone to protect your system and disk. It can back up whole PC, including the operating system plus your data, applications, settings and everything!
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