I have Win XP SP3 and am trying to erase a DVD+RW. Firstly the computer tells me that the disc in the drive is a CD+RW not a DVD+RW. I can burn files to the disc but when trying to erase them the following happens.
The Windows CD erasing wizard appears but then tells me that an error has occurred and nothing has been erased. Using a dedicated eraser programme gets the same result. I can, however, view the files currently on the disc but they all have the Windows Explorer logo on them. If I then try to drag and drop another file on to the disc I get the message "Windows doeas not support this CD-RW format. To use this disc choose the task "Erase this CD-RW" which will format the disc so that Windows can use it".
Trying this produces the same result - unable to erase the disc. I am mystified that the computer identifies the disc as a CD rather than a DVD. Is there an answer to this as I have a number of discs of this type and would like to use them and be able to re-use them? Thanks in advance for any suggestions
Have you recorded on the DVD+RW in any other machine? I wonder if it's a format issue?
Also I had a friend check this with a fresh DVD+RW and XP Home SP3 shows this as a CD... could be that you need to install DVD software to get full functionality - not sure what DVD burn software you are using but try different software click here is free and good
I looked in to this a little further - there is an issue with certain types of UDF formats see: click here
"When using the VAT build, CD-RW/DVD-RW media effectively appears as CD-R or DVD+/-R media to the computer." it goes on to say "However, the media may be erased again at any time." which in this case isn't possible.
CD BurnerXP did not recognise the files on the DVD+RW - it seems limited to certain types of file only. IMGBURN seems to be working and is in the process of deleting the DVD+RW at the moment. Hopefully when it has finished I will have a "clean" disc. If the disc has not been deleted I weill come back for more ideas!
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