Compact Flash Reader For Mac

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Jun 22, 2008
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Read the article, or RFTA as they say on slashdot.:) The very headline of the KB Article itself is 'A Compact Flash card in a digital camera or card reader connected to the computer is available to iPhoto and Image capture, but does not appear in the Finder. ' And STEP ONE is: 1. Insert the Compact Flash card in the camera or card reader. Kingston Digital FCR-HS4. The Kingston Digital FCR-HS4 (around $8) is a stylish little device that.

A couple of days ago, I posted a thread Here, which of course now that I look at it, is in the wrong section of the forums. Sorrrreee! Anyway, the thread was created out of my being frustrated with the iPad camera connection kit, and its inability to be used with a card reader so that I may be able to use a compact flash card.
Some people might wonder why this would be a problem, when you can simply hook the camera up directly to the CCK's (camera connection kit) USB connector? Well, the answer is three fold:
1. This will drain the camera's battery. And if you're still away from a wall socket, this is obviously a problem. Especially if you shoot RAW.
2. Slow, slow, slow!
3. Increased risk of data corruption without recovery.
Unfortunately, after the iPad's 4.2 firmware update, Apple changed the power draw of the 30 pin port from 100mw to a ridiculous 20mw. This would ensure that hardly any third party device would be able to access this port. This also left a lot of people out in the cold, who previously were able to use pretty much any card reader out there.
Guess I didn't do enough research before getting the CCK, else I might not have purchased it. However, knowing what I know now, I still would have. Read on to find out why.. (oooh suspense!)
Anyway, after finding out that my card reader was not going to work, I looked around for a different solution. And a better one than simply hooking the camera up to the CCK. Terry White, who is an Adobe evangalist, and Photoshop guru, was kind enough to tell me about a dedicated compact flash adapter for the iPad, from The MIC Store. He has personally used these and even did a review on them. It looked very promising indeed.
Too bad for me though, I needed an CF adapter ASAP, and the one from MIC likely wouldn't get to me for a couple of weeks. I figured of course, that there would have to be more than just that one version out there, even if it was a very niche product at this point. And that's where Amazon/IDS and HKtimes come in to play.
I searched Amazon for an iPad CF adapter, and found just a couple of them. Reviews were all a mixed bag, so I knew that I'd be taking a chance, and might have to use the CCK with my camera directly after all. So, I picked a manufacturer and an adapter (based on instinct and which ever reviews seemed most geared toward my positive logic) and three days later:
Minimilistic packaging, but not quite as minimal as the kings of this, Apple.

Looks and feels pretty good!

I certainly love the size of it, and it compliments the CCK very well. But does it work? That's probably fairly important, right?

So it would appear that my efforts have paid off, and I have a very slick CF adapter for my iPad 2! One thing did alarm me during my very brief testing, however.. And that is this:

Each time I left the adapter in without a card, after about 5-10 minutes (I didn't time it) I'd get this message. Though when I put a card back in, it would automatically get its butt in gear and work absolutely brilliantly. Thus far, I'm not worried about this behavior, but will continue to watch for signs of any failure.
As for the photos that I imported, the first series are RAW files, which are about 14-15 MB each. Each photo took about 1.5 seconds to import. The second set, which are of the photos ON the iPad, were jpg's, set to large and fine. Those took 1 second each. Either way, I'm very pleased with the results thus far, considering that using the camera directly to the kit was way slower and much more clumsy.
I'll let you guys know how I get on with it in the next couple of weeks of course, and if anybody has any questions, please let me know!


Data loss occurs on all kinds of storage devices, including CF cards. Fortunately, with the help of CF card recovery software like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you can recover data from a CF card after deletion, formatting, virus attack, or more.

Once the lost data is overwritten by new content, it becomes unrecoverable. Therefore, stop using the storage device when data loss occurs and perform data recovery as soon as possible.

Data Loss on CF Card

A CompactFlash (CF) Card is a mass storage device first specified and produced by SanDisk in 1994. It typically uses flash memory in a standardized enclosure and is one of the common memory card formats (others include SD card). Given its physical size, capacity, and speed, it is used for a variety of portable electronic devices, such as cameras, DSLRs, camcorders, music players, and game devices.

However, with its popularity, data loss on CF cards caused by various reasons becomes more and more common. The causes of data loss on a CF card include:

  • Deletion
  • Card formating
  • File system errors (the CF card shows RAW file system)
  • Virus attacks

The general capacity of a CF card ranges from 2MB to 512GB. That could mean a lot of photos (since CF cards are mainly used in digital cameras). To retrieve all the lost items from a CF card, all you need is the free data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Free CF Card Recovery Software

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is not exclusively for CF card data recovery and can do more than that. In addition to recovering data from CF cards in various brands, like SanDisk, Lexar, Toshiba, Kingston, and PNY, it also helps to recover deleted, formatted, lost files from a computer or other external storage devices.

This free CF card recovery software allows you to retrieve 2GB files at no cost. Thus, if the files you want to get back are under 2GB, the freeware can fulfill your needs perfectly. Besides, this software supports CF card recovery on both Windows and Mac. Get the correct version to recover data from the CF card right now.

Step 1. Select the CF card.

Run EaseUS CF card recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC. Choose your CF card and click 'Scan' to start finding lost files on the CF card.

Step 2. Choose files to restore.

After the scanning process, you can quickly find your lost CF card files by clicking 'Filter'.

Step 3. Preview and recover files.

You can choose found files and double-click on them to preview. Last, select your desired CF card files, click 'Recover' and save them to a safe path on your PC or external storage device.

All these apps are good for teamwork, and some of them are providing live video streaming while some can access games and music from your device. Best remote desktop for mac. Almost all of them are also very good to provide satisfying security with an easy installation process.

As you may know, when you use data recovery software to recover photos, some of the items may get corrupted. That means even if you can retrieve the lost photos, you won't be able to open it and view its content. That won't happen if you choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. The software will repair the corrupted photos (.jpg or .jpeg) during the recovery process, which goes unnoticedly but works well. While finding the corrupted pictures, EaseUS CF card recovery software will repair them automatically and present you with intact images.

How to Prevent Data Loss on a CF Card

Although the lost photos or files can be retrieved in most of the cases using data recovery software, it's always better to minimize the chances of data loss on the CF card or other storage devices. There are some tips for data loss prevention on CF cards.

Be Careful to Delete Items


Unlike files deleted on a computer, the deleted data on a CF card won't go to the Recycle Bin or Trash Bin which will give you the chance the restore the accidentally removed items. Thus, be careful when you attempt to delete files from a CF card.

Be Prudent to Format the Device

I know in some cases you will need to format the CF card to fix the errors on the device, like virus attacks and device becoming RAW. However, given that formatting the device will erase all the existing photos on it, you should perform data recovery from the infected or inaccessible CF card first using a tool like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to keep the data safe. Even though the tool allows you to recover formatted CF card, performing data recovery first is more recommended to minimize the chances of risks.

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Back Up Important Files Elsewhere

Growing a good habit of backing up important files is of great help to prevent data loss. Even if the original files are missing, you still have the backup files available. As for backup options, you can manually copy and paste files from the CF card to another device, use free backup software, or sync them to cloud storage. Carry out the one best suited to your needs.

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The Bottom Line

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As long as the lost data is not overwritten, you can apply EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to perform CF card recovery successfully. Other than knowing how to retrieve data when it's lost, it's equally important to learn how to prevent data loss on devices like CF cards. Hope this guide can help you get your desired files back.

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