By Ivy / Last update January 6, 2021

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Can I backup CompactFalsh card easily?

I need some help for my photos. I have taken a lot of pictures to record my travel day, I had some troubles to backup my photos, I want to backup my photos from Compact flash card to another external hard drive to spare room for my camera, I did not find an effective and easy way in my own, anyone could give me some advices, Thx.

Compact flash card

CompactFlash (CF) is a popular flash memory card used in many portable electronic devices, like MP3, GPS, RFID, hard drives, especially used for the recording medium in Canon, Nikon and other cameras. CompactFlash card is formatted with FAT32 usually, and it has longer life and lower unit capacity cost than other storage devices so that some portable devices are willing to use it.

The most popular CF cards brands include SanDisk, Transcend, Lexar and Kingston, etc. You could read the data on Compact flash card via a card reader connected with computer or other devices. You might plan to spare room for your camera due to no enough free space. So, it’s emergency to backup Compact flash drive easily and securely.

How to backup compact flash card in Windows 7/8/10 computer?

To backup compact flash card (CF card), the best free CF card duplicator – AOMEI Backupper Standard will render enormous help. AOMEI Backupper Standard supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10.

It provides you two ways to backup CompactFlash card:

We will show you the details one by one. Now, please download the Compact Flash duplicator - AOMEI Backupper Standard first and install.

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Before backing up Compact Flash card or cloning Compact Flash card, prepare the following:

  • Computer with Windows installed.

  • Prepare a CF card reader.

  • An external hard drive, to save the backup file from your compact flash card. Or, just save to the computer if possible.

Backup CompactFlash card with Disk Backup

The detailed steps listed below to walk you through how it works to backup Compact flash memory card safely and easily.

1. Connect your Compact flash card via CF card reader and external hard drive with your computer, and then run AOMEI Backupper. Choose Backup -> Disk Backup at the left panel.

Disk Backup

2. Input a Task Name at the top of window.

3. Click "Add Disk" to choose the Compact flash card.

Add Disk

4. Select external hard drive to save to CompactFlash card backup image file.

Select Backup Destination

Tip: You could also backup Compact flash drive to other locations, like local disk, USB drive, SSD, NAS, Network path, cloud drives, etc.

5. Click Start Backup to backup Compact flash card in Windows 7/8/10.

Start Backup

♪ Tips:
✿ The backup is a full backup by default.
✿ If you want to backup the Compact flash card, AOMEI Backupper offers you another backup solution, partition backup.
✿ Options: you could enable email notification, encrypt(paid), comment, compress, split the image file, use VSS, Make an exact copy(sector by sector backup), etc.
✿ Schedule: you could backup Compact flash card automatically on regular basis, like Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, and USB plug in. Please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional or higher to unlock the last two features.
✿ Scheme: it’s a premium feature to enable disk space management provided by Professional edition or higher, which allows you to delete old backup images or delete volume shadow copy automatically while backups over the number you specified.

Ok, here, your Compact flash card has been backed up successfully to the external hard drive, and all the pictures and other data has been compressed into a single image file suffix with .adi.

How to restore Compact flash card easily?

You might plan to restore these pictures or data in some day; this freeware also will satisfy you with the restore function.

Detailed steps to restore compact flash card:

1. On the main console, pitch on the disk backup and click Restore on the Home tab.

Home Restore

2. You could choose to restore entire Compact flash card or select part to restore individual partition according to your needs. Click Next.

Select Entire Disk Or Partition

3. Select a destination hard drive to restore your Compact flash card. Press Next.

Select Destination

Tip: Make sure your destination hard drive is backed up first. Because the destination drive will be overwritten after the restoration.

4. Press Start Restore to restore Compact flash drive.

Preview And Restore

Edit partitions: If you are restoring Compact Flash card to larger disk, you could adjust the partition size automatically to fully use the storage space on destination. Please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to enjoy.
✿ SSD Alignment: if your destination hard drive is an SSD, make sure you have checked this option. It will improve the reading and writing speed for your SSD drive.
Universal Restore, is a premium feature, which allows you to restore CompactFlash card to another computer that has dismiliar hardware configuration.

Clone CompactFlash Card with CompactFlash Duplicator

AOMEI Backupper Standard as the best free CompactFlash duplicator, which allows you clone CompactFlash card to another hard disk, here are the details:

1. Select Clone > Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

2. Choose CompactFlash card as the source disk to clone.

Choose CompactFlash Card

3. Pick the external hard drive as the destination disk.

Choose Larger Disk

4. Press Start Clone >> to clone CompactFlash Card with CF card duplicator.

Start Clone CompactFalsh Card

♪ Tip: Sector by Sector Clone enables you to clone CompactFlash card to larger disk with all sectors cloned, and the time will be much longer.

In the End

There are 2 ways to backup Compact Flash card with simple clicks, just refer to the above steps to backup precious data. Meanwhile, AOMEI Backupper also provides you to backup external hard drive to another external hard drive, automatic backup, sector-by-sector clone, file/folder sync, disk clone, partition clone, etc.

To enjoy more advanced features, such as command line backup, system clone, backup memory card to CD/DVD, etc. Please try AOMEI Backupper Professional.

For Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2019 (including R2), SBS 2003, 2008, 2011, AOMEI Backupper Server or AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus could help you a lot, which embedded with more features.