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Why Format Blank Cd-rw Disk Before Using?


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#1 MoonPower

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 08:05 AM

Hi people. I'm new here and have been using Vista for only about 3 months, but have been using pc's for more than eight years. Even now there are times I may come across something that I don't fully understand, so I'm glad someone here can help. Thanks.

I use Vista Home Premium and just wonder why you have to format a new cd-rw disk before you can burn files to it? And are cd-r disks the same? My pc uses the only one 5.25" optical drive to read, write and play cds and dvds like most new pc's. But I guess it's not the drive, it's Vista, right? Of course with XP I never had to prepare a blank disk for burning. Just Drag and Drop and it's ready.

I did a cd-rw format with Vista a few days ago and it took about 10 minutes. That seems unnecessary. A waste of time to get one ready for burning files. Is there a way around this? Simple question I know. I would prefer a quicker way if possible. Appreciate the help. MP

Edited by MoonPower, 06 October 2008 - 08:31 AM.


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Posted 06 October 2008 - 08:40 AM

On reason for having to format the cd is if there is already data on the CD.I am not sure what burning program you are using, but you may want to check to see if the drag and drop feature is turned on. I am pretty sure that if you are using such a feature the media needs to be formated first.

And are cd-r disks the same?


CD-R disks are not the same as CD-RWs. With CD-R`s one can burn only once. With CD-RW`s one can burn multiple times.Hope this helps.

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 11:58 AM

Right click on the file you want to burn. From the drop down menu, click 'send to'....then choose your CD/DVD drive. Put a disk in, then click 'burn'.
I can burn to a CD-RW without going through the formatting.

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 03:06 PM

On reason for having to format the cd is if there is already data on the CD.I am not sure what burning program you are using, but you may want to check to see if the drag and drop feature is turned on. I am pretty sure that if you are using such a feature the media needs to be formated first.

And are cd-r disks the same?


CD-R disks are not the same as CD-RWs. With CD-R`s one can burn only once. With CD-RW`s one can burn multiple times.Hope this helps.

Thanks for the response ice2921. I'm talking about new unused discs here. I've done plenty of formats using discs with files already burned to them and wanted to erase the discs. I am just trying to use Vista's built in burner. I do understand that cd-r are different from cd-rw. I was just saying if you would have to burn cd-r the same way as cd-rw. I assume you would do each the same way. I even tried doing it Jacee's way and I can't unless I format the disc first. At least that is what it is asking/showing me. Thanks.

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 03:17 PM

Right click on the file you want to burn. From the drop down menu, click 'send to'....then choose your CD/DVD drive. Put a disk in, then click 'burn'.
I can burn to a CD-RW without going through the formatting.

Thanks Jacee. That is strange to me because I still get the prompt to 'format' the new disc. I even tried two different brands just to see if one would allow me to do it your way. Yes, I right-click my file and a drop down list appears. On mine I choose 'DVD RW Drive (D:)' (since I have only one drive) But then I still get the prompt to 'format' the disc. I wonder if it's because I have only one 5.25" optical drive that does it all. But that shouldn't stop me from burning without formatting I would think. Any other ideas out there or is formatting the only way in my case? Thank you.

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 04:22 PM

I don't know moonpower... I have two of these:
http://us.liteonit.com/us/index.php?option...4&Itemid=67 (E:\ and F:\)

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 04:33 PM

This article may help you understand why formatting really is necessary:
http://www.osta.org/technology/cdqa4.htm

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 04:48 PM

OK sorry for the confusion then. Are you able to burn with other software besides the Windows based?

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 01:27 AM

I have this glitch, but i using Nero 9 now and it fine

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 04:07 AM

This article may help you understand why formatting really is necessary:
http://www.osta.org/technology/cdqa4.htm

Thanks for the link Jacee. Quite a bit of reading there and specific. Also it looks like our drives will basically do the same thing. DVD Multi Recoder. Ultra Speed RW. DVD+R DL. With Lightscibe technology. I may have to find a good free third party software out there to make copying files easier without the formatting. Thanks

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 04:12 AM

OK sorry for the confusion then. Are you able to burn with other software besides the Windows based?

ice2921 yes, I believe I will have to check into some freeware used for burning from a third party. I know there are a lot out there. I can check into this. Formatting using Vista to me just doesn't make any sense. Someone here suggested Nero. I'll do some Googling and see what pops up. Thanks.

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 04:31 AM

I have this glitch, but i using Nero 9 now and it fine

If that's the way Vista has to be, then I'll go looking elsewhere for other freeware burning software from the net. And there are a lot out there. I know Nero 9 is good, but not free and has a trial period. But sometimes to have to buy to get what you want though. I have in the past several times. Thanks.

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 12:28 PM

I have this glitch, but i using Nero 9 now and it fine

If that's the way Vista has to be, then I'll go looking elsewhere for other freeware burning software from the net. And there are a lot out there. I know Nero 9 is good, but not free and has a trial period. But sometimes to have to buy to get what you want though. I have in the past several times. Thanks.

sometimes free isnt good...Nero has bunch of super offers, so i reccomend start trial(enter your e-mail) and wait for a special offer(approx.7~15 days) i have a legitmate nero 8, so i get it with 75 % offer :huh:




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