Recover Files from Nikon Compact Flash Card

Compact Flash simply known as CF cards are flash storage drives with advantages such as large storage volume, lower cost per MB, faster speed etc. These cards are often used as a storage drive on portable drives like DSLR cameras, cell phones, audio players, camcorders, gaming consoles and so on. Additionally, low power consumption has contributed to a wide use of compact flash cards on popular digital cameras such as Nikon etc.

However Nikon CF cards seldom runs into fault and causes less or severe data loss, accidental deletion is one of the main culprits for file loss from Nikon compact flash card, user might accidentally delete a photo or other media file from the card due to false operation. Apart from that, there are numerous reasons behind Nikon CF card file loss; some of them are listed as below:

  • “The disk is not formatted as Mac OS is extended (journaled). Use disk utility to enable journaling or reformat the disk” error message, as soon as your Nikon CF card is connected to Mac machine which forces you to format CF card
  • An unauthorized user erasing files from CF card without your knowledge
  • Utilizing the same Nikon CF card even after its memory is full or on multiple operating system
  • Ejecting the Nikon card during camera read - write process
  • Power failure while transferring photos or other media files from CF card to Mac machine
  • Nikon CF card corruption due to virus / malware infection
  • Accidentally click on “Delete All” button from Nikon camera

However even after encountering the above mentioned scenarios, recovery of data from Nikon CF card is possible because when files or folders from CF card are deleted, the file is not removed completely. Only names and entries of the file such as file name, size of the file, length etc are erased, whereas the data is still intact on CF card and with the help of card recovery application, you can easily retrieve files from Nikon CF card.

Nikon Compact Flash Card Recovery Tool:

Yodot Mac Photo Recovery is wonderful card recovery software to recover data from Nikon CF card on Mac operating system. The tool retrieves deleted / lost files such as music, video clips, photos, RAW pictures, podcasts, texts and many other files from CF cards used in Nikon cameras and other digital gadgets within minutes. Other than Nikon CF card, the tool also retrieves files from other memory card types such as XD, SD, Memory Stick, MMC, Smart Media etc. Furthermore, it recovers CF card data on computers or Notebooks running on Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion operating systems.

Procedure for restoring files from Nikon CF Card:

  • Connect your Nikon CF card via card reader or USB cable
  • Download Yodot Mac Photo Recovery software to your Mac machine
  • Open the installed application and stick to the main screen procedure
  • The main screen displays 2 options “Deleted Photo Recovery” and “Lost Photo Recovery”
  • Select the option based on your data loss scenario, for example if Nikon CF card is formatted - choose lost photo recovery option and if files are deleted from CF card - choose deleted photo recovery
  • The tool scans and shows all logical and external Volumes present on the system, choose the external Volume which represents your Nikon CF card
  • The application scans the selected CF card and displays the recovered files in Mac finder styled interface
  • Choose the files that you want to retrieve and preview picture files before rescuing them
  • At last save your recovered files to your desired location


  • Avoid adding new files after your Nikon CF card’s memory is full
  • Don’t save the recovered files back on to the same CF card, which might result in overwriting
  • Download and install antivirus program to remove deadly malwares

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