winksey 15:31 24 Jul 2009

I cannot format a rw dvd in my dvd rewritable drive, firstly it takes ages and then I get the message format was not successful, can anyone help, I am running Win Vista home premium.

  Stuartli 15:59 24 Jul 2009

Why do you need to format the disk in the first place?

Some previous forum threads:

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  jack 16:00 24 Jul 2009

But in earlier systems RW disks need special software called 'Packet Writing'
Such as Nero
or my favourite

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  winksey 16:06 24 Jul 2009

Hi, I need to format the disk because im trying to back up my files and before the back up process begins the message format disk appears and I have no choice.

  winksey 16:20 24 Jul 2009

Well,for some strange reason it has decided to work, perhaps it was a couple of dodgy disks, who knows, thanks for your help though.

  jimv7 16:40 24 Jul 2009

Not a good idea to use dvd rw as a backup storage, they are not reliable. Better to use -r or an external drive.

  Stuartli 17:49 24 Jul 2009

You are thinking of InCD in the case of Nero.

Unless anyone is going to use an RW disk like a hard drive, there is no need to format disks - they will burn and allow erasing as required.

In fact, when I first go a CD rewriter seven or eight years ago, I experimented with how to use it with a (then) expensive TDK CD-RW disk...:-)

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