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Old 8th March 2008, 06:43 AM   #1
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I know it sounds absurd to post a question like this here but I had tried to do it in google but there seems to be no trivial solution. Buying a new disc is not the answer I am looking for, please. If they are called rewritables, why aren't they?
I am using nero and InCD and I could never erase or format a RW (even it is fresh out of the box) explicitly. There are ways to trash RW : acidentally ejection or computer hung during a burn process. But if they are RW, we are suppose to be able to cleanse them. Any idea or forums I might get better advice?
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Old 8th March 2008, 06:46 AM   #2
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Hi, I remember when i got my first rewriteable writer, it came with extra software which allows you to erase/format the drive... or do multi session writes...

Haven't used it in a while, not even sure if one still needs the software to erase the CDs and DVDs with..
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Old 8th March 2008, 06:59 AM   #3
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With InCD installed you should see the format option when right clicking on the CD drive in Explorer, provided a CD-RW is inserted.

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Old 8th March 2008, 07:52 AM   #4
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Some of the earlier drives are CD-R _ONLY_.
Your drive needs to be a CD-RW capable drive.
I don't know if newer drives are all RW capable,or what.

(Edit: erm,replace "CD" with "DVD" )
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Old 8th March 2008, 08:31 AM   #5
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Nero has an option "Erase rewritable disc" under "Recorder". If that does not work, you might have a conflict Nero <-> InCD. Or your drive does not really support RW media. You have not told which drive you use.
With modern drives/media, you don't need to erase RWs, you can simply burn over the existing data.

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Old 8th March 2008, 02:02 PM   #6
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when a DVD +rw is formatted, does the format process identify bad sectors and exclude them from the next write area, as does an HDD reformat?
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Old 8th March 2008, 02:06 PM   #7
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No idea, but Nero has a build-in tool to test disks.

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