A Compact Flash (CF) is a memory card format that uses flash memory technology to store data on a small portable device. It has no mechanical parts and does not need a battery to retain data. Small memory cards allow users to store data on a wide variety of computing devices.

CF cards today are primarily used as portable memory for photo and video cameras.
Advantages of using CF cards include the maximum volume and high speed. These are one of the fastest memory cards available.

Regardless of the usage benefits, this type of media storage can still fail and lead to data loss. Design of the memory card, as well as errors, can be considered a disadvantage. 

In addition, there are often problems with connection interface faults due to excessive use of force when installing the dismantling into the device and the absence of a rigid lock of the drive.

Lexar CF Card Recovery Case

When a photo or video gets deleted, the CF card removes the indexes and marks the repository, saving the files empty and waiting for new photos and videos. Deleted files are no longer on your CF card from a file system perspective. However, until the indexes are recorded with new data, the files will still be on your CF card. It gives us a chance to make compact data recovery flash memory.

Recently we received a failed CF memory card at our facility. The problem was that when transferring files to a computer, the flashcard stopped working. 

Further attempts to read the CF card were not successful. Our engineers ran special diagnostics program. The volume was seen as 128GB instead of 512GB, which meant that the microcontroller was not operating correctly.

If the controller fails, the data is not accessible. Save the situation here can only unsoldering it, which is carried out using special equipment. It simulates the operation of the controller and provides access to information. It is essential not to attempt any manipulation without knowledge and skills so that it could be possible to recover all the files in total.

Failed CF Memory Card Recovery

Our engineers unsoldered the memory chips. When checking on the card reader, it turned out that the ID of the second part of the chip was not readable. After disassembling all the memory chips, our technicians washed and cleaned all the contacts for the best connector with the reader software. 

Alternately they read the dumps and corrected the bit errors. The chips on the customer’s drive contained one part in 4Gb each. After all the preparatory works and all the previous stages, they began to select the algorithm of the controller operation.

For subtraction, they used a special reading mode, “ignored,” and the data of half the volume of this part were accessed. The necessary transformations were performed, and a translator was built.

99% of the videos and photos were saved by PITS Global Data Recovery Services. At PITS Global Data Recovery Services, all data retrieval processes are secure and confidential. We restore files from all types of storage devices in ISO Certified Class 10 Cleanroom to ensure that no dust particle can enter the drive and damage it. 

With years of experience, cutting-edge recovery tools, and highly qualified specialists, we maintain the highest 99% success rate in the industry. Contact our customer service at (888) 611-0737 to request our help with any failed media storage device, and we will gladly help you.