[Solved] 3 Steps to Recover A Compact Flash Card

This simple formatted compact flash data recovery solution can help you easily get back your lost pictures, videos, music, and other files from an accidentally formatted CF card. It is also applicable to other memory card types, such as a micro SD card, SDHC card, SDHC card, and more.

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Formatted My CF Card, How Can I Recover the CF Card Files

"I'm using a SanDisk Extreme CF card. I accidentally format the card in my Canon SLR camera. There are some fresh photos in there, in RAW format. Is it possible to recover them? Hope someone can recommend me some special tool for this recovery."

It is always a common problem to accidentally format a memory card with some important data including the CF card. You can find the answer after inputting "CF card recovery", "recover CF card", or "CF card data recovery software" to the Google search box.

how to recover data from CF card

As you have not saved anything new, you could apply a data recovery program to help you. There are many recovery tools, but not all of them can be efficiently restoring your data due to CF card formatting. After comparing with 10+ reputable CF/ SD card recovery software, we would pick up the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard as the best! It has so many beneficial aspects which can help with a high success rate of the formatted CF card data recovery.

3 Steps to Recover Formatted/Deleted CF Card Data in Windows 10/8/7

Since EaseUS provides you with a comprehensive formatted CF card data recovery solution, it's better to start sooner than later.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

  • Recover lost/deleted files, documents, photos, audio, music, emails
  • Recover files from formatted hard drive, emptied recycle bin, memory card, flash drive, digital camera, and camcorders
  • Support data recovery for sudden deletion, formatting, hard drive corruption, virus attack, system crash under different situations

Follow the steps below to recover photos, documents, and more from your CF card.

Step 1. Select the CF card to scan

  • Use the correct way to connect your CF card to your Windows computer.
  • Run EaseUS CF card recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC.
  • Choose your CF card and click "Scan" to start finding lost files on the CF card.
select the CF card and click scan

Step 2. Check for the scan results

After the scanning process, you can quickly find your lost CF card files by clicking "Filter". Under the Type area, you can decide what file type(s) you want, e.g. Pictures, Videos, Word, Excel, PDF, etc.

find wanted CF card files

Step 3. Preview and recover files

  • You can choose found files and double-click on them to preview.
  • Select your desired CF card files and click "Recover".
  • Choose a new location to save the recovered files instead of the original CF card.
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Several Tips for a Successful Card Recovery Experience

For the case that Windows asks you to format a memory card, USB flash drive, pen drive or hard drive that turns to RAW or encounters other inaccessible issues, the correct process to deal with the problem without losing data is by data recovery and then disk formatting.

When the CF card or other drives, of which the capacity is hundreds of gigabytes, the scan process may perhaps be slow. You can pause and save the current scanning status, and load the file to continue the rest data scan the next time when you have free time.

If you have only one picture or several small files to recover, within 2GB, you don't necessarily pay for the software. Instead, download the free version.

Do You Need Specialized Data Recovery Services?
You may need further help for tough data loss situations like reformatting drive, RAW disk, partition loss, repartition failures, and system boot error. Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts for cost-efficient one-on-one manual recovery service. They could offer the following services after FREE diagnosis:
1. Unformat the drive
2. Repair the RAID, RAW disk, or operating system
3. Recover lost partition (the one that cannot be recovered by software)

Extra Information About the Compact Flash Card Formatting

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The Compact Flash (CF) Card is a mass storage device format used in portable electronic devices, such as cameras, and it's usually larger than other memory cards. As a storage device, it is used to store images, audio, videos, and other multimedia files. Among all the data loss scenarios, the top three reasons for losing data on CF card including formatting, deleting, and unknown memory card errors. But they happen in the same way, either by accident or on purpose.

One of the most frequently seen errors is that "you need to format the drive before you can use it" after inserting the card into a Windows computer. That's the case you have to format it in order to get rid of the constantly appearing error. Formatting a card can resolve problems that perhaps cause the drive inaccessibility, but it will erase all the data at the same time.


Whether you format the CF card for troubleshooting or mistakenly click the formatting settings, you should take measures to recover important data as soon as possible. If there is no backup available, don't be upset and sit there doing nothing, use the EaseUS recovery software for instant data recovery!

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