You don't need to format CD-R or DVD +R or DVD -R.
Formatting is only an issue or RW (Re-Writable) blanks.
WindowsXP does not require you to format RW blanks before you write to them.
If you use Nero InCD, in order to use the blank like any other drive, then you do need to format them. I don't actually use InCD - so I can't look for, but I imagine you will find the format option if you run InCD
XP does not support DVD recordable or rewritable media thats why you have to use third party software like Nero or Roxio, if you right click on you DVD drive you will see format, if you click on this, a window will pop up and in my case Roxio with "drag to disc" and this then gives you the option to format the DVD rewritable media, recordable media does not require formatting.
I also use this click here which supports most DVD/CD recording formats.
I can see that this is not going to be as easy as I thought it might be.
I am dealing with new DVD+RW disks.
I use Nero BackItUp for a scheduled back up regime.
If I use a previously used DVD+RW disk, I am asked whether I want to format the disk before a new burn takes place. That is fine. But, if I use a new DVD+RW disk nothing happens. I have been getting round this, by doing a quick burn of a file, which presumably gets the disk formatted, and then using it for the back up. However this does seem a convoluted way of going about it and I thought that there should be a better way of doing it.
Right clicking the DVD drive shows no option to format.
Using Nero Reloaded, there is no such option under 'Data' unfortunately, only 'make Data DVD' and 'Make Bootable DVD' and 'Make UDF DVD' and finally 'Make UDF/ISO DVD'. In the 'extras, there is an option to erase a DVD as stalion says, but that does nothing to a new DVD, not unreasonably.
Thanks for the suggestions so far. Perhaps I was at fault for not making my problem clearer at the beginning. Sorry.:))
Put your RW in the drive open nero buring ROM and then recorder / erase rewritable disc. The erase rewritable disc box will pop up and ask if you wish to do a quick erase or full. I'd choose the full one myself as this will phisically format the drive.