Compact Flash card or the CF card is a very efficient storage media, designed and developed by SanDisk in 1994. CF cards make use of flash memory to store data on a very small card. Provides flexible storage solutions for a wide variety of computing devices including digital cameras and music players, desktop computers, personal digital assistants, digital audio recorders, and photo printers. Possibilities are there, your card might get corrupted. You are provided with options to reformat your CF card. This will ultimately erase all the data on them, but will make them usable once again. Reformatting will also come handy when you want to simply delete every data stored to make room for new.
Formatting from your Computer
Insert the CF card in your card reader slot. Be sure to put it the right way or you might end up breaking the pin heads or the reading strips. If you are enabled with an auto play, the connected card will be displayed in a new window. Or you can directly launch My Computer and find the connected card under the removable devices section. To reformat, simply right click on the CF card icon and click the Format option. You will get a new window, and to the bottom, you can find the Start option, click on it to initiate the reformat.
Formatting from your Camera
Turn off your camera and open the card slot. Insert your CF card properly and seal the slot. Now turn on your camera and navigate to the main menu, and from there go to the Tools or Set-Up. If you not quite sure about where the Format option for your Camera is, go through the user guide and find it. Or you can simply explore your device to find it on your own. For most cameras, you can find the Format option by the Settings/ Tools or Set-Up. Locate the Format option and continue, if you are asked to confirm, press Yes and initiate the reformat. This may take a few minutes to complete, wait patiently till it is done.