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Powerbook will not read or write a fresh dvd-rw

I am trying to backup data to a dvd-rw on my 15" powerbook dvi. At first it would take the disc & spit it back out using disk utility & toast 10. Running OS X 10.5.8, ppc, drive = uj815c. I erased it on a pc running vista & now it will recognize the disc but says it cannot be written to.

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  • Jon Barnes Oct 08, 2009

    I realize that was not a possibility. I did it out of proper troubleshooting to make sure the media {memorex} was not bad or damaged by the mult attempts on the mac. But it was odd that my mac did not even see or accept the disc until it had been run through the pc "erase". I still do not have an answer to the situation.

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You cannot write onto a dvd-rw that has been formatted for Windows using a Mac Superdrive. Most likely, when you put the dvd-rw into a Windows machine w/Visa, you erased it, but actually it formatted the disc for Fat32 or other Windows format. Mac's are often brand-sensitive often when it comes to DVD. I've had luck with Memorex and HP, or Apple has their own which will work (from an Apple Store or Best Buy.)

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