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Re-formatting a DVD+RW

by curt_grymala / February 24, 2004 1:54 AM PST

Okay, once again, I have a problem with UDF formats. I am trying to get away from using DirectCD, but I am having trouble doing so with my DVD+RW's. I can't seem to figure out how to perform a "Full Format" of the disc, or how to erase it, so that there is no longer a UDF format on that disc. I want to simply burn files on the disc in the normal method, but EasyCDCreator won't let me do so, because the disc is "locked for use with DirectCD". It won't let me erase the disc (it usually lets me do that with CD-RW's). DirectCD won't let me perform a "Full Format" of the disc. I cannot "format" the drive using the DOS command prompt. I am stuck. How do I get the UDF information off of the disc, so that I can start using it normally again? Are these discs going to be permanently UDF?

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Re:Re-formatting a DVD+RW
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2004 2:48 AM PST
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Re:Re:Re-formatting a DVD+RW
by curt_grymala / February 24, 2004 4:06 AM PST

Sorry, it actually says "Drive in use by "Roxio DirectCD Kernel"".

I think what you don't understand is that I already formatted it with DirectCD. I have been using it as DirectCD disc for that last two months. However, I would like to start using it as a standard DVD+RW, instead of using it as a DirectCD disc. However, neither EasyCDCreator nor DirectCD will let me "erase" the disc. It will only allow me to a "quick format", which simply erases the files I put on there, but it maintains the UDF format of the disc.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2004 4:49 AM PST

I've BTDT. Stop DirectCD with MSCONFIG or "other means" and it let's you ERASE it. Be sure not to put in the DVDRW until the EasyCDCreator is running.


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by curt_grymala / February 24, 2004 9:22 AM PST

Thanks. I will try that. I just have to be careful what "other means" I use, because the only computer we have a DVD+ burner on is our main computer (acts as the server for our network). I can't really go resetting it or messing with it too much.

Again, thanks for the info. I will try that.

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