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    When I do this go to my comp and right click there is no format in the drop down box

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Go to My Comp > right click the dvd drive and click format.

That is it....

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You will never be able to format the entire 700MB of any RW media. This is because the formatting requires a file allocation table be created and this takes up a lot of room. The data stored in this table is for addressing file segments by cylinder, track and sector. If you have a floppy disk you will notice on the diskette drawer slide it states it is a 2MB diskette but when formatted you only have 1.44MB of usable addressable space. The same is true for any formatted RW CD.

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