Luckily, the formatting of your CF card only wipes out your pictures and it doesn't actually erase them. It's possible to recover files from formatted CF card if you haven't put any new data into it. The most important thing you need to do is to stop using your CF card and find a reliable program to perform formatted CF card recovery. In this article, I will tell you what to do when you are encountering the situation.
There're countless data recovery utilities on the Internet, and iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac is absolutely one of the best among them. This comprehensive tool enables you to recover countless types of data from your formatted CF card, including images, document files, audio files, videos and more. With its extraordinary simple interface and powerful recovery, the lost data can be effortless restored from your formatted CF card.
Below is a step-by-step guide which can help you get back your lost and deleted data from a formatted CF card by using iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac. And you can get more tips about card data recovery here.
After launching Recoverit (IS) for Mac and connecting the formatted CF card with your Mac, you just need to select the file types from the given items. You can select the "All File Types" option to recover the whole types from your CF card.
Then the program screen will be displayed as the screenshot below. Here all volumes/partitions on your Mac will be detected and displayed. You can select your formatted CF card and click "Start" to start scanning lost files on it.
All data on your formatted CF card will be displayed according to file structures after scanning. You'll be able to see original names of files or preview images and documents to check how many of files can be recovered from your formatted CF card. To finish formatted CF card recovery, you need to select files you want and click the "Recover" button to save the found data to your Mac.
There is a "Deep Scan" option on the bottom for you to make a deep scanning into your CF card in case you don't find your wanted data from the previous scanning.
If you want to recover files from the formatted CF card on PC, iSkysoft Data Recovery for Windows is highly recommended because it allows you to selectively recover your files with a few clicks. The Recoverit (IS) for Windows works well even for lost file recovery by clicking "Shift and Delete", data cleared from Recycle Bin as well as formatted data. One of the best features of Recoverit (IS) is that you can save the recent scanning result and use "Resume Recovery" mode to input the saved result for future scanning.
Your files from the formatted CF card can be recovered with iSkysoft Data Recovery on Windows operating systems by following the steps below:
The initial thing you need to do is to open the program after the installation. Then choose one or more file types from the provided options. In this case, you can click "Next" button to proceed.
Then insert your CF card and select it within the program. Now you can click the "Scan" button to run a scan of your formatted CF card after you choose CF Card device from the program. The software will start detecting your lost files. You can also "Enable Deep Scan" to get a better scanning result when the default quick scanning is over.
After the scan is done, the files will be shown in the window list. You only need to mark files you need to recover and click the "Recover" button to save them to your Windows computer.
Compact Flash Card or CF Card is a flash memory mass storage device format and it is utilized in all kinds of portable devices, digital camera, mobile devices, MP3 or MP4 players, and also other devices. It seems that Compact Flash cards that use flash memory are more rugged than some hard drive solutions because they are solid-state. Because their thickness, CF cards are less susceptible to breakage from harsh treatment. There are CF cards with even 128 GB capacity, for a professional edition.
To avoid found contents from being overwritten, please don't select your CF card as the destination of recovered data.
As a comprehensive Mac data recovery utility, iSkysoft Data Recovery works well with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Mac OS 10.12, Mac OS 10.13 macOS High Sierra and it's able to recover data from most storage media, including external hard drive, memory card, USB flash drive and more.