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Do CD-Rw disks need formatted ??


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i have a cd-rw burner which i have not used in years.
Do cds for it need formatted ?? i remember formatting 3 1/4 floppys, but do not know how to format cd's!!!!
also i was tod that they can only be read by the 'burner that made them.. yes or no !!
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There is no requirement to format a CD before burning - just pop a blank CD into the drive and use your burning software to burn the data to the disk.

Provided that you burn to ISO standard - most software does this by default the CD should be readable on any CD-ROM drive.

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do cds need formatted ???


Thank You,
i forgot to mention these Sony CD's are in Green label,if that means anything.
I believe you, and do not wish to start an argument, but it seems when i bought them 4 years ago with Pacific Digital burner that he told me they were only readable on burner thast made them. that was in a different town, and i do not know the Staples store clerks name anymore
yes i am a hard headed Yankee of German/Irish descent(which you may be thinking.)
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Burning a CD disc ----- requires NO formating.
Burning a CDRW disc - REQUIRES formatting.

A CDWR disc can be erased and reused. You can no longer burn to a CD disc once full.

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If I remember correctly, in old days (I guess, it was my Win98 computer burner), it required CDRWs to be formatted, first (I'm not sure about CDRs), and they could be formatted two ways. One, CD could be read only on the very same computer, and second option, readable on any computer.

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Do Cd's Need Formatting


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PLEASE advise 'How to format my CD-RW'S.....
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Your burning program should have that option.
When you pop-in CDRW disk, it'll ask you to format.
What burning program do you have?

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Do Cd's Need Format


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there is not any option
i pop R or RW disk in and get message "E not accessible " or nothing happens.
i have Nero V5
if NERO had an icon on desktop, i could start it

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Start > Programs > Ahead or Nero > Nero Burn will start it.

Right click on Nero Burn > Send To - Desktop (create Shortcut) will give you a Desktop icon.

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do cd's need formatted?


my brain is fried from that modem episode
Right now i can not even findDevice Manager
but looking at CDRW E drive properties Hardware tab there is a ST340810A also listed besides D and E drive, looking around there is a dropdowntab at bottom enabled disabled, i think it was disabled

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Do Cd's Need Formatted


under device Manager there is + or - DVD/CDrom drives
i dropped it down and found two
1 ATAPI CDROM48X
2 CDWRITER IDE 5224 ,PROPERTIES, GENERAL TAB at bottom is enable/disable
p/s how put that in gray inset??
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DO CD'S RW need formatted


WHOOPIE,HOORAY i just burnt/copied WinAudit from 'my documents' folder to an R CD using WINDOWS cd wizard, now trying music CD , but no one ever explained how to format RW CD???
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