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Re: Format

The DVD must be a rewritable one for erasing the disc..
check the disc you are inserting

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DMR-EZ47V cannot format the discs I have. Is this the discs or the device. I bought it 2nd hand recently

What type of disc are you trying to format? DVD-Rs that have already been finalised will be read-only. You don't need to format DVD-RAMs, just erase what's on them and re-record.

Sep 21, 2013 | Panasonic DMR-EZ47V DVD Recorder/VCR

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I have dubbed vcr tape to a Sony DVD-RW disc and tried playing it back through a toshiba player and it keeps coming up Bad Disk. My PC won't even recognise it. When started dubbing the screen displayed 1hr...

Did you say you used a DVD-RW disc to transfer a videotape onto? The reason your PC won't recognise that disc is because the data format on it is a different language to what PCs understand - plus an unfinalised DVD-RW won't play in other DVD players - it is usually an incompatible format.

(DVD+RW discs with titles/top menus created in video mode CAN be played on a PC DVD drive or a normal DVD player as can finalised DVD-R discs (DVD-R discs MUST be recorded and finalised in the same recorder for compatible playback). DVD-RW discs can only be viewed on the unit they were written/recorded on.

The other reason for the 'remaining space' on the disc you describe showing less than 120 minutes is due to a title recently being recorded or erased - unless you format it - the 120 minute / 4.7GB DVD-RW will not show full available space. Erasing titles on re-writable DVDs does not increase space. The same rule applies to unfinalised +R / -R discs (you cannot re-format these to get the space back once recorded - they are 'once only' writables)

I recommend you invest in some DVD-R discs and re-copy your VHS tape to that - then if you are satisfied with the result, title etc., finalise the DVD-R - it will play on any DVD player or PC with DVD support (or it should). These discs are relatively inexpensive to buy just about anywhere.

Final note: do NOT finalise the DVD-RW you recorded (I hope you haven't already done this) - simply format/erase it - re-use it for something else or keep it until you need it.

You can use any brand of DVD, just take note of the format before recording/playing.

Mar 21, 2011 | Philips Magnavox MWR20V6 DVD Recorder/VCR

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Cannot format an empty dvd recordable disc

Only DVD-RW discs can be formatted. If it is a DVD-R and you have already tried recording on it, the disc will be unusable. If the disk is not formatting, it might be defective. Try using another disk in the drive to make sure it isn't your DVD drive itseld that is broken.

Mar 15, 2011 | Cyberhome DVR 1600 DVD Recorder

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I have a Toshiba DVR620ku DVD/VCR combo. I have the Format Mode properly set to "Video mode." I put in a new, unformatted DVD-R, and the player should format the DVD, but it doesn't. I click...

My brother had the same problem. Toshiba tech support said the disc was already formatted, so the DVD MENU option would not be available. He went straight to dubbing and recorded to the disc. After recording, the DVD MENU option was then available. He thought the disc was not formatted since it was straight out of the package and he always had to format other new discs. Perhaps your disc was actually already formatted?

Oct 27, 2010 | Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR

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How do i rewrite over a disc that is full

If you are using a DVD-RW or DVD+RW, you can format the disc by performing "Format". You can format DVD-RW for either video mode recording or VR mode recording. DVD+RW can be format in order to erase all content of the disc.
You may not be able to reformat a disc that is not previously formatted by your recorder an example would be a. DVD disc formatted by PC or another recorder.
Follow these steps to re-write:
Insert a recordable disc.
1 Press [SETUP].
2 Select "DVD Menu",
then press [ENTER].
3 Then select "Format", and
press [ENTER].
4 select "Start", then
press [ENTER].
5 Confirm by selecting "Yes", then press
Formatting will start.
6 Formatting is completed.
When the disc is ready for you to rewrite to "100%" is indicated.
Formatting 100%

Mar 29, 2010 | Toshiba DR420 DVD Recorder

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I have WHSmith DVD+R discs which will not record on my DVD recorder. I probably need to format the discs but cannot find anyway on Windows XP and the recorder will not format the disc. Any ideas please....

i understand that you need to use your "DVD" for some important purposes. You can record or format the discs using software like Nero. Please install them and you can use your DVD s without any problem. I have attached the image of Nero Software.I have also attached the link leading to download the software. I hope your problem is solved. have a great day.please rate my solution as helpful.Thank you.


Feb 23, 2010 | DVD & Blu-Ray Players

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Formatting disk

You should not format a dvd-r disc as it is a record once disc and formating is a recording function. The message "use a +r/rw" is telling you that the system will only recognise a + disc and not a - disc.

May 29, 2009 | DVD & Blu-Ray Players

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Recorded DVD will not play in another player

Maybe the format of your recorded movie didnt support your player..check out your manual for the supported formats and check the format of your recorded movie.If any of the format in the manual matches your movie format then it will definitely play..
please rate my suggestion..

Apr 15, 2009 | DVD & Blu-Ray Players

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Hey asigler,

The primary differences between DVD-R and DVD+R format discs may not necessarily be noticeable by the average consumer, as they are mostly in regards to how the discs are written and read by DVD recorders.

DVD+R format discs do tend on average to have a slightly smaller storage capacity than DVD-R discs (4.7GB versus 4.71GB). Additionally DVD+R discs can be somewhat easier to use when creating multiple sessions or multiple copies of the same material, since the format uses what is typically considered to be a "more robust" error management system when writing and copying files. However, because the introduction of DVD-R media came roughly 5 years before DVD+R, the DVD-R format has the advantage of being compatible with a wider variety of electronics.

As a result, there is a good chance that your DVD recorder may only support the use of DVD-R format discs, but you should always refer to your owner's manual documentation for confirmation.

Hope this helps you out.

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May 09, 2008 | DVD & Blu-Ray Players

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