Salvage files from a 6 GB compact flash card?

Posted on 2007-08-01
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I have a 6 GB compact flash card. It was hooked up to a computer via card reader.  The partition on the flash card was deleted. Any way to salvage the files from this card?
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don't re-create the partition or re-format or you are out of luck.  There are lots of utility software packages out there, that do a good job of getting data back if the card can be mounted.  Just do a flash card recovery softwar search and you'll find several.  I've used data doctor in the past successfully http://www.datadoctor.org/partition-recovery/memory-card.html
if it can't recover your files, then a professional service can probably still retrieve your data, but they are generally more expensive.  Again do a search on flash card recovery services.
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Christopher McKay earned 2000 total points
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I've had great success using GetDataBack for FAT from http://runtime.org

They will allow you to download and run a trial version of their software, so you can test it and see if it can recover your data before purchasing it.

I've used GetDataBack on many types of media, but have had great success with SD cards, CF cards etc.

Hope this helps!



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Bartender_1, I have a fully licensed copy of that and ran it on the card.  It seemed to find a lot of file entries, but nothing I could salvage. I've also used it successfully in the past, but maybe the flash card needs different settings?  What do you recommend?
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by:Christopher McKay
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With CF files, I specifically tell it to ignore the FAT when it scans, then I go through and check each fat it finds. (I've had it detect as many as 3 on a card.)
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by:Christopher McKay
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Also, I'd recommend downloading and installing the latest version if you haven't already done so. (Your license should be good for all newer versions as well as the version you got when you registered with them)

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I had used the NTFS version of GetDataBack.  Last night I purchased the FAT version and it worked like a charm! That's three times now that this software has saved me. Thanks for the tip on the FAT version!

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