Compact Flash CF Card Data Recovery

What is Compact Flash Data Card?

Compact flash data card, a portable device which falls in the utilisation of the storage of the information in electronic devices. Invented by SanDisk in the year 1994, the card utilises the technology of flash memory for the storage. These types of cards allow the user to add in the wide extensive type of data on the computing devices.


The cards are based on the Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment (PATA) interface, which allows the dimension to be 42.8* 36.4 mm (similar to the size of a matchbox) and on the contrary, enables them to store data up to 512GB. The CF (Compact Flash) cards are bifurcated into two based on their thickness, to accommodate different capacities of storage. Type I CF cards of thickness 3.3mm and Type II CF cards of thickness 5mm. these types of cards operate at two different voltages i.e. 3.3 and 5V and can be switched. This aspect varies from the other small form factor flash memory, which operates at a singular voltage of current.

A flash is a non-volatile form of memory, which helps store data on a device to retain. The operating shock rate is at 2000G which makes it tougher than a mechanical drive. It is mainly utilised in the Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras for mass storage. Eventually, players like Nikon and Canon entered the Flash Data Card market. But 2008, the picture was elevated with the variant CompactFast based on the Serial ATA to upgrade the speed transfer than the standard.

Why Compact Flash CF Card Fail?

Compact flash cards are a bold innovation by SanDisk in 1994 which create an aberrant benchmark in the storage aspect of the electronic devices. These devices used in the storage of the media in the devices such as DSLR and other devices also come with some barriers. They follow the Parallel ATA interface and the new variant follows the Serial ATA interface.

Despite such bold features, they hold they have a less product life which disables them to be utilised for years and years. The top manufacturer of this product even advice its customers that the card should be utilised for only 2 years in a row max no matter how much images do you click from your device.

Another major drawback of this card is that it does through a lot of wear and tear. During a high-resolution shooting of pictures or some other activity for a large span of time results in the heating of the card and cooling down again. Such repeated sessions and other types of wear and tear such as rain would cause the data to get lost. Also, when we see these cards come with three components i.e. a reader that reads the information, a writer that writes the data from your camera to card and a CPU that processes the data. Basically, it performs the function of a computer and even computers eventually damage. This results in the loss of data and drawbacks for compact flash cards. Thus, the cards should be replaced.

About CF Data Recovery

CF (Compact Flash) cards are used primarily in portable electronic devices such as digital cameras and video recorders. Though SanDisk was the first manufacturer of CF cards, other companies like Sony and Nikon have begun producing their own as well. The cards vary in size (3.3mm to 5mm thick) and speed (CF+, CF2.0, CF3.0 and CF4.0).

These are not to be confused with Micro Drives of the same size, which use magnetic media as opposed to flash. The upside to using CF cards as opposed to other flash media devices is that they are thicker than others, which could help prevent breakage or physical damage. Unfortunately this also limits the devices they are compatible with, as manufacturers work to make products thinner and lighter.

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Common CF Card Data Recovery Problems

As physically reliable as they can be, CF cards can be susceptible to many logical problems. Corrupted files may develop when they are removed too early, when photos are taken too quickly and even when the camera battery is low and not providing reliable power to allow the card to write. Occasionally physical damage can occur with exposure to contaminants, water submersion and improper insertion.

If a CF card has shown a corrupted image or file, or cannot be accessed in the camera or on the computer, do not format the card if you still want to retrieve the data. Discontinue use and call us immediately. Formatting can make the recovery process significantly more difficult, and you don’t want to lose your chance to recover your files.


Why Choose Us for CF Card Recovery?

We recover data from CF cards daily, and understand that the pictures and videos you take are precious to you. Our engineers have at their disposal the latest equipment and software needed to retrieve your data safely and securely. We offer comprehensive recovery services and have the highest success rate in the industry. Don’t put your data at risk… call Platinum Data Recovery today!