Problems formatting CD-RW
Thread poster: HRiley

HRiley  Identity Verified
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May 6, 2003


I thought I\'d been very clever by buying rewritable CDs for storing data archives, rather than the cheaper one-use kind...

But I can\'t work out how on earth to format them so that they can actually be used. My PC runs in Windows XP, and when I insert the CD into the drive, I get no option to format it via Windows.

I downloaded InCD, a \"packet-writing\" application from Nero, which is meant to be suitable for formatting blank CDs... but every time I insert a new CD, I just get the message \"illegal action\" and then the CD is ejected icon_frown.gif
Can anybody help? I\'ve spent hours trying to find information on the Web but to no avail.



Ivan Eikås Skjøstad  Identity Verified
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Here you go May 6, 2003

For regular writing, type \"burn CD\" in XP\'s help function, and they will guide you through the copy function.

To take advantage of the RW-discs, try \"Nero Burning ROM\", found here:


Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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I use CD RW regulary, AFAIK, they do not need to be formatted, May 6, 2003

just write and that\'s all, when you want to rewrite it, go to menu (in Easy Cd Creator 5.1, I think it doesn\'t much differ in NERO) and select when it\'s ereased, just write anew...

I have several discs I have ereased and written more than 100 times, and still all\'s OK.


Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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Problem with DirectCD? May 7, 2003

I got Adaptec Easy CD Creator 4/Direct CD with my Dell desktop (Windows 2000 Pro), but when I try to insert a CD-RW created with Direct CD (using the drag-and-drop function) in my Windows XP laptop, I get the message that Direct CD will make my laptop\'s operating system unstable. So there is some kind of incompatibility there. The CD-R ones I make with Easy CD seem to work OK on XP - it just unpacks the folders and I\'m ready to go. Maybe your program is incompatible also?

This CD-RW thing is really not as simple as it seems. My desktop\'s burner reads Imation-brand CDs just fine, but if I get Memorex-brand CDs (same kind), it refuses to even recognize that they are in the CD drive.

Go figure!


HRiley  Identity Verified
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Thanks for all your help... still no joy so far though May 11, 2003

Well, I tried the procedure as explained in the Windows help page, but I couldn\'t get Windows to recognize the CD in the drive as valid (and therefore write to it).

I tried the Nero Burn ROM software but it doesn\'t want to recognize the CD in the drive either. I had another attempt using InCD and the same thing happened.

Then I read Daina\'s post - and it sounded pretty familiar to me, as I\'m wondering whether the problem isn\'t caused by some weird incompatibility between the software + XP + CD brand.

Hum. I guess I\'ll have to keep trying!


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