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You will never be able to format the entire 700MB of any RW media. This is because the formatting requires a file allocation table be created and this takes up a lot of room. The data stored in this table is for addressing file segments by cylinder, track and sector. If you have a floppy disk you will notice on the diskette drawer slide it states it is a 2MB diskette but when formatted you only have 1.44MB of usable addressable space. The same is true for any formatted RW CD.
Just how much space is available after formatting a RW disc on your system depends in part on your software. It is possible to have as much as 645MB of usable space on a RW CD. Every software program is a bit different.
I hope this helps you to understand why you see this downsizing of your RW CD's usable space after formatting.
You can also bypass proprietary software and just use Windows. You paste your files to the CD drive and you'll notice a new top section in the file window pane that is titled "Files Waiting to be Written". You have to right click the right hand side of the Explorer view of your drive and then select the command, "write these files to disk". You'll probably end up with more usable space by letting Windows format it for you in this manner. However, it does depend in part on your drive's maker.
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