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Windows cant complete format on dvd-rw drive. it reads disks okay but doesnt want to format rw disks that used to work.

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  • joe banana Jun 22, 2009

    when I try to burn files to a cd-rw, I get a pop-up saying "format disk?" "next", "cancel". If I hit next, it cant complete format, if I hit cancel the whole window shuts. So it's either format, or nothing, but "windows cant complete format"
    And it wont let me burn anything, I've used these same disks to burn backups a while ago, and they worked then, but now the drive wont even read them, but it reads store bought cd's, and dvd's.

  • Nathan May 11, 2010

    What do you mean by formatting rw disks?

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Hi,
You cannot format a rewritable disk all you can do is erase the data from them to be able to write to them again.
Applications like media player or Nero have this utility.


Good luck

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You canot format a used disc, because its only good for a one time use unless youre using a disc rw again and again. There you can do that.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

  • John Erwin Tejano Jun 23, 2009

    What I mean is you cannot format a "rw" or Rewritable Disc.

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