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How to retrieve files from CF card after getting card not formatted error message?

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Data Recovery from CF Card After Card Not Formatted Error

Are you unable to access photos, videos and songs from your CF card? Is your CF card continuously showing card not formatted error? Wondered what has gone wrong with the CF card that was working fine before!!! This is due the corruption of CF card due to which entire memory card data becomes inaccessible. Irrespective of reason for format error, you desperately want to get back your photos from CF. How can you recover inaccessible data from CF card after format error? Just Relax, don’t get disappointed it is very common to get such kind of error messages while handling digital devices like Smartphone, camcorder, digital camera, etc. However there are various third party tools to put your worries aside in such tough times. Out of which one trusted software is flash memory card recovery. This tool is tested and referred by different industry experts to achieve successful data recovery from CF card after format error messages either on camera or on the computer when connected for file transfer.

It's hard to digest the fact when your valuable media files disappear from CF card due to card not formatted error for some unknown reasons. In such case Window may appear displaying error message "The disk on drive X is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" and other similar error messages depending on reason for CF card corruption. Few of them are listed below:

  • Memory card not formatted
  • Can’t format memory card
  • Memory card locked
  • Memory card error
  • Card not initialized
  • No memory card

Possible reasons behind the CF card showing card not formatted error are:

  • Corruption of CF Memory Card: Virus attacks, file system damage, incorrect formatting, etc can corrupt your CF card due to which you cannot access any data stored on it.   
  • Incorrect usage of CF card: CF memory card gets damaged as a result of incorrect data operation performed on it like abruptly pulling out the CF card from compute, sudden system shutdown and power failures during file transfer. As CF card grows old it gets crashed or develops bad sectors on it, which is considered to be another cause for format errors.
  • Errors during Conversion of File System: Memory card is normally formatted with FAT file system. If you format it as NTFS file system by mistake then you may get card not formatted type of  error messages when you use for next time.

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Useful tips to follow:

These error messages indicate you to reformat your CF card and refuse to open CF memory card files. Therefore immediately you have to stop using your CF card once it starts showing card not formatted error message. Avoid saving new files onto the CF card from which you want to recover data as it may lead to permanent loss of files. Reason for this is that new files that are added to CF card may start to overwrite the deleted data space on the CF card with new data content.

Recover CF card data through memory card recovery software:

The memory card recovery has designed with a powerful scan engine that recover all popular media files like photos, video files, audio files and RAW images from CF card. You can actually preview recovered files just by right clicking on any of them from the display screen. This tool has ability to recover files from formatted, corrupted or reformatted memory card in few basic steps. You can accomplish data recovery on various memory card types like SD card, SDHC card, CF card, XD card, MMC and Memory Sticks to get back deleted/lost movies, songs and images. It is possible to recover deleted music files memory card like MP3, WAV, MIDI, M4b, AIFF, AIF, RA, and AMR together with video file formats such as AVI, MP4, MOV, MPEG, MPG, M4V, 3G2, 3GP and RM in reliable way. This can also be used to carry out photo recovery from SD flash card in order to restore JPEG, JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, TIF, BMP, PSD etc. Other than generic photo formats, this software can be used to restore RAW files from memory card used in different digital camera brands including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Samsung, Kodak, Olympus, Pentax, FujiFilm and so on. It works compatibly on Windows (7, XP, Vista) and Mac (Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion) operating systems. It can also recover files from Toshiba memory card, Samsung, Sony, Kingston, Transcend, etc. brands of memory card with ease.


Follow the steps to recover CF memory card data after format error:

Step 1: Remove the CF card from the digital camera, and connect it to a PC / laptop on which Memory Card Recovery software has already been installed. Run the application, either from the Programs Menu or by clicking on the desktop shortcut icon. A main window displays with "Recover Photos" option select the option as shown in Figure 1.


Digital Media Recovery - Main Window

Figure 1. Main Window


Step 2: To recover data like photos, videos and audio files from CF card choose "Recover Deleted Photos" or "Recover Lost Photos" option depending on the scenario as shown in Figure 2.


Digital Media Recovery - Main Window

Figure 2. Select Appropriate Option

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Step 3: The software displays all the drives that are connected to the PC, select the CF memory card from which you want to recover lost CF card files as shown in Figure 3.


Select Drive

Figure 3. Select CF Memory Card


Step 4: You can perform an additional search for files by selecting the file types provided or you an even add/edit file types that are not listed or you may skip this process by clicking on the "Skip" option as shown in Figure 4.


Select file type

Figure 4. Select File Types

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Step 5: Then the software scans the CF memory card for lost/deleted files and once the scanning process is completed, it displays the found data which can be viewed by using "Data View" or "File Type View" option as shown in Figure 5.


Progress Bar

Figure 5. View Recovered Photos


Step 6: You can make use of the "Preview" option to preview the recovered files and evaluate the recovery results as shown in Figure 6.



Figure 6. Preview Recovered Files


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