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Erasing DVD+RW. I can no longer erase DVD+RW discs by using the set up menu. Now I have to erase each title separately. Why is this happening and what can I do?

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The problem went away on its own. I'll have to wait until it happens again.

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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.

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Howe to erase adisc that I have just recorded?

format disk under windows..if that's what you have as an option..this will not provide the same density, however, as a manufactured disk

Apr 24, 2008 | Televison & Video


Make a DVD+/-RW compatible for recording with a Philips DVDR3380

Sometimes you will have a used DVD+/-RW that already has titles recorded upon it but when you attempt to record another it won't let you even though you have space left at the end of the media.

This can happen if you delete title 2 when you have a totoal of 3 titles recorded it gets confused, there are several options available to you. Sadly both will erase all the titles that are on the media unless you scan the DVD titles in with TMPGEnc v4.0 Xpress prior to the full erase, this is your safest option if this can't read the DVDR format nothing will be able to.


  • Blank on a PC using ImageBurn this will lay down chosen format for you if you have a DVD+RW you must select this option etc...
  • Use the DVD3380 to do it for you follow the following 4 steps this is the only way you can do it sucessfully.
  1. Put the DVD in the tray as usual if you press <REC> you will see a no entry symbol in the bottom right-hand corner.
  2. Press <REC SOURCE> button to toggle to the desired input I use EXT2 for my SKY+ Box connected via a gold plated SCART lead.
  3. Press <REC> button and you will see the following window appear000c226.jpg
  4. Press <OK>

After the recorder re-formats the DVD+/-RW media it will be available for record again, either way it will give you what you want. when the thermometer bar gets to 100% simply press <DISC MENU> and you will see that it has been blanked to its format DVD+RW or DVD-RW depending upon the media.

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Can I erase or format a dvd+rw. I have tried several times with the 3 step method that does not work. I put the dvd in it start play i click stop,then click computerand the E:/ dvd drive icon. The...

Please insert the DVD+RW you want to erase, Then open the Computer icon and right click on drive E:
Choose "Erase this disc" form the context menu.

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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%

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I don't know how to overwrite the stuff I have on my khypermedia with new things!

With any RW media you don't overwrite, you must erase disc first,then the disc will be empty and you can write new.You must have a funtion on your burner that asks erase.Try right click on the drive a pop up menu should give you the choice to erase.Good Luck.

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Disc will not finalize error comes up as e19 can not record to the disc. the show is actually recorded and will play back just not finalize. have tried -r/ +r and + rw and get the same message. unit being...

You don't need to delete timer rec programs to Finalize, Format or Erase discs!

Set the Mag 2160A (mfgd in 2009) to Source L3 (DV) using the Source button on the remote.

To Format a RW disc, set unit on L3 BEFORE inserting a new disc cuz the Formatting op is automatic and starts right away. It's also so short on a +RW (longer on a -RW) that you could think it had been Formatted.

Finalizing requires you to select it from the Disc Edit menu, so you can set the unit on L3 after inserting a disc for this op.

More into on all aspects of setup and op are here:

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Cannot erase DVD+RW Discs

what burning program are you using ?

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How do o erase a disc

use nero to erase a RW-DVD OR use Windows eraser.
Just Right click on the cd rom inm my computer and u will have the opt. for Erasing a RW disc.

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