What Is a RAF & How to Recover Deleted RAF files?

Learn to recover deleted RAF images via professional photo recovery software in this passage. Besides, there’re relevant tips about RAF file recovery.


By Penny / Updated on April 3, 2024

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What is a RAF file?

Fujifilm cameras save their images in a unique raw image format called RAF. This format is specific to Fujifilm digital cameras and contains unprocessed image data, allowing for greater flexibility and control during post-processing.


RAF files also store image data exactly how the camera’s sensor captured it along with metadata such as camera settings and format version. Sometimes, RAF files might even include a companion .JPG version of the image for quick previewing.

How do I open a RAF image?

Can I open RAF files in Lightroom? Of course, you can. But the best option is Fujifilm image-viewing and editing software such as X RAW STUDIO and RAW FILE CONVERTER EX because it supports all the Fujifilm camera models that capture RAF images.

Other third-party apps such as Microsoft Photos with the RAW Image Extension, Corel PaintShop Pro 2023, Adobe Photoshop 2023, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe DNG Converter, and File Viewer Plus also can help Windows users open RAF files.

Let’s demonstrate how to open Fuji camera photos via Microsoft Photos with the RAW Image Extension.  

» Connect your Fujifilm camera SD card to the Windows PC > right-click on your saved RAF pictures > select Open with > Photos.


Similarly, Mac users can try the following photo-editing tools.

  • Fujifilm X RAW STUDIO
  • Apple Preview
  • Apple Photos
  • Adobe Photoshop 2023
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe DNG Converter
  • MacPhun ColorStrokes

How to recover deleted RAF images without backups?

Without backups, it’s advisable to utilize powerful SD card photo recovery software to recover deleted RAF files created by Fujifilm cameras.

MyRecover is a professional data recovery program renowned for its high data recovery rate, user-friendly and intuitive interface, good compatibility, etc.

With the help of MyRecover, you can recover deleted/missing camera pictures (Fujifilm RAF, Sony ARW, Canon CR3, Nikon NEF, Olympus ORF, etc.) from the above & other brands of SD cards.   

Photo Recovery Software for Windows: 
  • High-efficiency: Recover about 50 types of photos (JPG, PNG, GIF, MPO, etc.), videos (MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV, WebM, etc.), MS Office and WPS files, folders, compressed files, audio, songs, and websites from SD cards, HDDs, USB sticks, etc.
  • Advanced scanning method: MyRecover runs Quick Scan & Deep Scan automatically to search all the recoverable files. Specify the filename, saved path, date, or size to filter your needed files.
  • Convenience: Retain the original filename, path, and format for the deleted files.
  • Excellent compatibility: Support NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, and ReFS file systems and be compatible with Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, or Sever PC.
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Please save your recovered Fujifilm RAF files in another path instead of the original SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards.
MyRecover offers unlimited times for you to recover 30 MB of files for free. You don’t have to pay for it if you only need to recover a single Fujifilm RAF file within a file size limit of 30 MB.
Please consider upgrading MyRecover to recover a large number of deleted/missing files from local drives if you prefer a more cost-effective plan.

Step 1. Connect the SD card to your Windows via a card reader > launch MyRecover > hover the mouse over your connected SD card > click Scan.


Step 2. MyRecover can automatically scan your SD card and display all the recoverable files.

To save time and quickly locate your wanted RAF images, please preview and filter images according to Document Type, Filename, Path, Date, Size, etc.

  • Name: Type the filenames of your desired files to narrow the search area.
  • Date modified: Set the date (today, yesterday, last 7/30 days, etc.)
  • Size: Filter the file size (<128KB, 128KB~1MB, 1MB~ 512MB, etc.)


Step 3. Under the Other Missing Files folder, select the Fuji camera photos you prefer. Then click Recover x files.


Bonus tips: How to prevent TIFF files from data loss?

Are you seeking practical data loss prevention measures to prevent TIFF photo loss? If it happens to be your case, please refer to the pertinent suggestions below to minimize potential data loss.

  • It’s advisable to utilize dependable media players to open TIFF files.
  • Refrain from downloading TIFF image files from untrustworthy sources.
  • To prevent potential data corruption, steer clear of power outages and failures.
  • Please protect your PC by running the most up-to-date antivirus software.
  • Exercise caution when engaging in file conversion activities.
  • Regular backups made by Windows features or freeware AOMEI Backupper Standard are crucial to mitigate the risk of data loss.

Compared with their complicated backup steps and limited backup options of Windows features, AOMEI Backupper Standard provides easier backup and restoration steps and more flexible backup features.      

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By scheduling backups, you can ensure the continuous protection of your valuable data.
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Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper on your Windows PC. Under the Backup tab, select the “File Backup” option.


Step 2. Click “Add Folder/Add File” to add the folder or TIFF files you prefer to back up.


Step 3. Click “Schedule Backup” to enable Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers or USB plug based on your needs. Then click the “Start Backup” button.


Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.