RED Pro Data Recovery

Every data recovery case we receive is different than previous cases. Thus, we know that each case comes with unique challenges and difficulties.

Being one of the most reputable data recovery companies globally brings more serious responsibilities. However, despite using the latest technology to store and secure critical data, we still receive a lot of failed devices to recover lost files. In this article, we want to describe the successful recovery from the RED PRO CFast card.

Here is what happened. The cameraman was shooting various scenes for a movie using a RED camera, and all these shootings were stored in RED-approved professional and fast CFast cards. He had been using this Card for a few months, so the Card was pretty new.

RED Komodo 6K Cinema Camera

There were left a few scenes to finish the planned shootings of the day. The customer used the KOMODO 6K compact cinema camera, one of the best low-budget cameras, to produce the image quality, which helped achieve exceptional results. 

RED Pro CFAST Data Recovery

Everybody in the production team relied on the quality of the RED products, and they had not measured the risk of losing data in case of fast card failure. Unfortunately, this still happened to them. The camera hung during the shooting process. They restarted the camera, and the CFast Memory Card was not detected.

They tried the RED Pro CFast Card reader to access the files off camera. However, the Card could not be detected, and it was impossible to mount the card filesystem to the Apple MacBook Pro. 


CFAST Card 512 GB is a high-performance storage device that offers ample storage capacity and lightning-fast transfer speeds. Designed specifically for professional-grade video and photography applications, this CFAST card is capable of handling large file sizes with ease. 

With a read speed of up to 560MB/s and a write speed of up to 495MB/s, the CFAST Card 512 GB is an excellent choice for photographers and videographers who require quick access to their data. It is also built to withstand the rigors of frequent use, with its durable construction ensuring that it can endure harsh environments and extreme temperatures. The CFAST Card 512 GB is an outstanding option for anyone seeking a reliable, high-capacity storage solution for their professional media projects.

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Emergency Data Recovery Services

The client presented a CFast Card to our Brooklyn, NY-based data recovery facility, necessitating urgent examination and restoration of various file types, including photographs, file systems, and videos, lost over the preceding two days. Upon receipt, our technicians endeavored to evaluate the card’s operability by connecting it to a specialized reader, aiming to ascertain whether the card would complete the initialization sequence. Regrettably, the data recovery workstation did not recognise the card, suggesting a potential physical malfunction.

This initial diagnostic, akin to procedures typically employed by end-users, served merely as a preliminary assessment. Our facility has sophisticated diagnostic tools and methodologies designed for in-depth analysis of compromised data storage devices. The failure of the card to initialize pointed towards possible physical damage, such as deformation of a pin, severed contacts, or a complete failure of the card’s controller mechanism. This diagnosis underscores the necessity for further advanced examination to identify and rectify the underlying issue accurately.

Converting CFast to SATA Interface

Using the CFast SATA adapter, we converted the CFast connection interface to a standard SATA interface to test the signal using a professional data recovery platform.

Unfortunately, once the Card was powered, it stayed on the BSY signal, meaning the controller malfunctioned due to the corrupted modules. The most common module that gets corrupted is the translator. CFast cards are the miniature version of SSD drives. 

These drives use the same controller and NAND chips that solid-state drives use. Unfortunately, SSD drives mostly fail due to the corruption of translator modules. So we used the same methodology to retrieve files from SSD drives for this CFast Card. 

CFAST Card Recovery & Repair

The engineers rebuilt the translator using the controller name and accessed user data using a professional SSD data recovery hardware-software platform. 

The reading speed was about 5MB per second, and it took about 24 hours to complete. In this case, it was only possible to recover deleted files from CF Card. 

It was impossible to repair the Card as the controller itself was damaged. We do not have manufacturer tools to permanently re-flash the necessary modules and fix the CFast Card itself. 

RED CFAST Data Recovery

Verification of the Recovered Video Files

All the files have been copied to a brand new hard drive and transferred to a local Mac computer so that customers can connect remotely and view files before making payment. Using remote control software, the customer connected and checked the quality of raw video files.

In some data recovery cases, a few files can get damaged due to corruption in sectors. In this case, all the files were fully recovered without any bad sectors or corruption. The customer approved the results and made a payment to receive the files. 

Delivering the Results over Secure Cloud

This case was a priority case, and we had to deliver the data to the customer very fast. As the data size was 400 GB, we uploaded all the raw video files to the secure cloud. The upload process of recovered data took only an hour. After that, the customer received a password-protected link to download all the files. 

Even though it was challenging to build a valid translator table to access the video files, it gave us a new experience and new knowledge. Only challenging cases improve our success rate and quality of the data recovery process and increase our reputation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we specialize in data recovery from a wide range of storage media, including CFast cards. We have the tools and experience to retrieve data from damaged, corrupted, or accidentally deleted RED PRO CFast 512GB cards.

Data loss can occur due to accidental deletion, formatting, card corruption, physical damage, or issues with the RED camera itself. Our experts can address a variety of data loss scenarios.

It’s not advisable to attempt DIY recovery on a CFast card, as improper procedures can lead to further data loss or card damage. Safeguard your data by contacting our professionals immediately for a safe and efficient recovery.

The time required for data recovery depends on the complexity of the case and the extent of data loss. Typically, our experts aim to complete the recovery process as quickly as possible while ensuring the highest chances of success.