CF Card RAW File Recovery

“I had formatted Compact Flash card as there was no free memory space to save new files on it. After formatting, I realized that I had some RAW photo files which were not backed up. I cannot even think of losing RAW files as those were captured with lot of care and interest by me. Will formatting of CF card without transferring RAW images make me lose them forever? Can I get RAW images from CF card in any way?”

The above might be the circumstance even you have been in. Losing RAW images from CF cards is really a deterring cause for any person who has captured number of photographs on it. You may be having pictures captured during motion of objects or people which is so special. If you want such lost RAW images from Compact Flash cards then here is the solution. You can retrieve RAW files from CF cards using reliable card recovery software. But before knowing more on recovery, have a look at the scenarios listed below due to which you lose RAW images from CF card.

  • Accidental deletion: You may delete RAW files from CF card accidentally sometimes. Selecting important RAW photos while deleting few unwanted ones, is one of the cases. You may also end up deleting RAW images if select “Delete All” option by mistake on your digital camera
  • File system corruption: File system on CF card has information of all files in it. This may get corrupted due to viruses and result in loss of data including RAW files from it
  • Mishandling CF card: If you have not taken care of handling your CF card then it may get corrupted and you lose access to its contents. You might have not safely ejected CF card and have removed CF card while camera is ON, which caused mishap of data loss
  • Deletion on scanning CF card: RAW images on CF card get deleted when scanned using anti-virus software on computer. This happens when RAW images are not detected or threats unable to be fixed by anti-virus program

No matter in which of the above scenarios you lost RAW images from CF card, you can restore them using the best card recovery software like Yodot Photo Recovery.

Outstanding features of card recovery software:

Card recovery software from Yodot helps you retrieve RAW files from CF card either in deletion or loss scenarios. This utility is capable of retrieving files from CF cards used in various devices like cameras and PDAs. Usually Canon and Nikon digital cameras use CF cards and you can restore RAW files from other brands of DSLR cameras. You can retrieve RAW images from these devices like NEF, CR2, CRW, etc. using this application. This program can also be used to restore media files from other drives on Windows system like hard drive, flash drive, iPod, etc.

Procedure to retrieve RAW images from CF card:

  • Download Yodot Photo Recovery software and install it on Windows computer
  • Plug in CF card to computer and run installed tool
  • Select “Deleted Photo Recovery” or “Lost Photo Recovery” from main screen according to data loss you faced
  • Select drive of CF card and click on “Next”
  • You will be prompted to a screen having list of various file types. Select RAW image file extensions that you want to restore and click on “Next”
  • Utility starts to scan CF card and within few minutes you can view the result
  • List of RAW files are displayed in “File Type View” and “Data View”
  • Select RAW images that you want to preview and save them using “Save” option on a drive of computer


  • Do not use cameras and camcorders to capture and write data onto the CF card when battery is low
  • Every time use safe ejection method to remove CF card from USB drives of devices and do not remove CF card out of the electronic device when it is in use

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