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CD formatting

by whiterabbit9 / March 21, 2009 6:25 AM PDT

I am recently having a problem formatting CDs for data storage. I put a blank CD in the drive, Vista asks me what I am going to format it for (Music, Files, etc), and Vista begins the formatting. This inevitably ends up going through the whole process with "0 seconds remaining" and it gets stuck there. In order to stop the process I have to start up task manager and the cd/dvd drive will not respond unless I reboot.

I am running Vista Home premium on an AMD athlon 64x2 4600+
with 4 gb of ram and tons of empty hard drive space.

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CD format
by Phil Crase / March 21, 2009 11:13 PM PDT
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Don't format CDR'S, you can format a CDRW but not a CDR, if you do, you have just toasted it.

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(NT) Why are you formatting it?
by Coryphaeus / March 21, 2009 11:28 PM PDT
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Personally, A Format Is Not Necessary To Rewrite
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 22, 2009 4:00 AM PDT
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First, data stored on formatted CD-RW's or DVD-RW's is not as reliable as that which is stored on discs which are not formatted..The packet writing software has an uncanny way of failing when you need it the most and unless the identical packet writing program is on the computer used for reading the disc, it won't work correctly..

Second, I use CD-RW's and DVD-RW's as backup disc frequently.. BUT I perform standard burns which are finalized when I copy the data to the disc.. Many folks are not aware that you can burn a RW disc in exactly the same method as a standard CD or DVD and finalize/close the disc so it can be read by all normal disc readers.. Then the next time you're ready to save your data, simply erase the RW disc and burn the information to the disc again and finalize/close the disc.. Such data is much more reliable for backups and can be read by all computers.

Your choice.

Hope this helps.


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CD formatting
by whiterabbit9 / March 22, 2009 11:08 AM PDT

Thanks for your feed back. I have resolved the problem. In Vista, when you insert a blank disc, the OS asks you what you want to use it for (file types) and then it brings you to a window labeled "burn a disc", at this point if you don't click on "show formatting options" it assumes you are trying to create a "LIve File System" which treats the disc as a USB. This is where I got hung up. You have to change the settings to Mastered so that you can just start loading files onto the disk. Just another Vista speed bumb it seems Wink

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