Compact Flash Card
Compact Flash memory card is a small, removable mass storage device. First introduced
in 1994, Compact Flash cards weigh a half ounce and are the size of a
Compact Flash storage products are solid state and have no moving parts.
CF cards stores data much safer than conventional magnetic disk drives.
They are five to ten times more dependable than disk drives including
those found in PC Card Type III products. CF cards use only five percent
of the power required by small disk drives.
Compact Flash cards can be interchanged between 3.3V and 5V systems. This
means that any CF card can operate at either voltage. Other small form
factor flash cards may be available to operate at 3.3V or 5V, but any
single card can operate at only one of the voltages.
Years of field experience in portable devices have proven the consistency
and durability of the connector in applications where frequent insertions
and ejections of the card are required. Other small form factor flash
cards use connector technology that is not reliable or long-lasting in
Compact Flash cards provide the lowest cost flash storage solution. A
wide variety of low cost flash technologies can be used with the built-in
controller. The built-in controller reduces costs in the host device and
allows defective flash chip cells to be mapped out, thus increasing flash
Compact Flash cards works with variety of applications such as with digital
cameras, MP3 palyers, PDAs, and computers. CF cards are small, light-weight,
and hold a large amount of data. The price of CF cards are continually
decreasing and their storage capacity is high.
The greatest advantages of all types of CompactFlash cards are their dependability,
their stability, and their cost. Unlike hard disc drives that are common
in computing, flash memory is completely solid state. It has no mechanical
moving parts and no delicate read/write head. CF cards can bear shocks,
temperature extremes, and vibration. They also have very low power requirements,
they reliably hold data, and they can be erased and re-written virtually
When you use the same CF card in different devices, undeleted data files
and templates on the card take up space. To regain the image capacity,
copy all pictures and files onto a computer and then reformat the card.
When you reinsert the card into the camera it should have the full capacity
Causes for corrupted file
This usually happens due to some disruption during the process of converting
the image into a digitally stored file on the CF card. Typical causes
- Powering off the device while the data is being written to the CF
- Removing CF card while the data is being written.
- Improper attempt of using device.
Corrupt Image on Compact Flash Memory Card Copy
If you can't access the CF card in the camera or in the PC card reader,
you can try reformatting the CF card. Remember, however, that reformatting
the card will delete all of the pictures, borders, templates and any other
information on the card; basically it will make the card blank.
Formatting the card will remove corrupt pictures or other file and formatting
problems. After formatting the card, try using it again. If the problem
continues, try it again in another camera or card reader. If reformatting
does not solve the problem, the card will need to be replaced.
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