How to Recover Information from Formatted CF Card?


This article is about how to use 4Card Recovery to undo the formatting process and regain all your lost CF card photos, videos, music and more back successfully.

Sophia WrightFeb 10, 2014

by Sophia Wright

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Free download 4Card Recovery to quickly scan your CF card and restore all lost contents back easily after formatting it purposely or accidentally.

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Recover Formatted CF Card with 4Card Recovery

Even though you've formatted this CF card purposely or accidentally, you still have solution to restore all your stored contents back, provided that they are not been rewritten by new files on the same card. Furthermore, in order to simplify the complicated process of memory card data recovery, 4Card Recovery is absolutely the tool that can help you out successfully. With this data recovery tool, you always can be free to use its four powerful data recovery options to process almost all possible data recovery problems as quickly and easily as possible

How to Recover Contents from Formatted CF Card?

Step 1:

Connect this formatted CF card on your computer after inserting it to a card Reader. Of course, you also can insert it back to your camera/phone. Download 4Card Recovery and install it on your computer. Never launch similar data recovery tool before? Don't panic! Its Wizard guidance can lead you to do it well. Freely pick out a data recovery option on its main menu window.

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Select recovery options in the main interface

Step 2:

Select this formatted CF card latter on its next window. And then, wait patiently as it is scanning your card.

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Select card to search photos off card

Step 3:
The scanning process will last for several minutes, please wait patiently.

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Wait while scanning lost photos, sometimes it takes about 20 minutes to scan a 32G card.

Tips: if it takes more than 2 hours to scan a 32GB card, you may stop the scanning and wait to see
what's already found. Since the card may contains bad blocks that takes longer time than usual.

Step 4:
Preview and restore all your wanted contents. Of course, you also can click “Save Files” to store your restored files on another memory card or hard drive.

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Preview lost photos and save found files. It would generate a folder to contain your lost data.
Please do not save the photo to the card where you lost them. Save them to your PC drive!

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Format CF Card Accidentally or Purposely?

Nowadays, every year, there are many people who lose their data for the formatting process. But, what’s your situation in details? Format your CF card simply because of some unwanted coincidences like careless operations? Format your CF card for “Not formatted error”? Format your CF card for wondering to convert RAW file system back to NTFS or FAT32? Or format your CF card purposely, but to find there is no any data backup prepared? Don’t worry! No matter whether you formatted it accidentally or purposely, just turn off your camera/phone and pick out immediately in case that any new file is written inside it to overwrite your original contents.


* Do not store anything else on this CF card after formatting. You also keep this in mind as you encounter any similar data recovery problem, such as accidental deletion, RAW file system drive or memory card and more.
* Do not save any rescued data on this CF card in case of data loss.
* Do not anything important on only one memory card or hard drive in the future. If possible, you also can consider saving the copy of everything important online.

Memory Card & CF Card

Nowadays, there are many memory cards that have been widely used on our phones and cameras. However, as a memory card user, how much do you know about CF card? OK! Let me explain it. CF (Compact Flash) card is also a popular storage device that is often used in portable electronic devices, such as well-known cameras, smartphones, camcorders, music player and the likes. It always has enough capacity from 128MB to 64 GB for you to hold your previous or important videos, audio files, pictures and text messages, etc. Moreover, comparing to some SD card and memory sticks, it often has a lower price and faster speed in the same size. Therefore, in this degree, CF card also could be a good choice for you.

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