Formatted CF Card Data Recovery: Recover Formatted CF Card

Roxanne updated on Sep 17, 2020 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles


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's also applicable to other memory card types, such as a micro SD card, SDHC card, SDHC card, TF card and more.

Help me recover accidentally formatted CF card

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

It is always a common problem to accidentally format a memory card with some important data including the CF card. As you have not saved anything new, you could apply a data recovery program to help you. Actually, there are many recovery tools, but not all of them can be efficiently restoring your data due to a CF card formatting. After comparing with 10+ reputable applications, we would pick up the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard as the best! It has so many beneficial aspects which can help with a 100% success rate of the formatted CF card data recovery.

About the CompactFlash formatting

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The CompactFlash (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 the 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 in 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 an instant data recovery!

An overall guide for you to recover formatted CF card data

Since EaseUS provides you with a comprehensive formatted CF card data recovery solution, it's better to start sooner than later. With it, you can easily recover your lost images, audios, videos, and other files from the card storage under both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

Several tips for a successful data 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.

Three-step recovery guide:

Step 1. Select the CF card.

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. Choose files to restore.

After the scanning process, you can quickly find your lost CF card files by clicking "Filter".

find wanted CF card files

Step 3. Preview and recover files.

You can choose found files and double-click on them to preview. Last, select your desired CF card files, click "Recover" and save them to a safe path on your PC or external storage device.

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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)

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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