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My HDD/DVD recorder will not format discs.

No matter which brand of which type of recordable disc I try my HDD/DVD recorder refuses to format them. I've cleaned the laser at least twenty times and everything else works perfectly.

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You can format only RW disks. If you are using R (recordable only once) disks you don't need to format them, just burn directly the movies.

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