Solved How do you format a CD-R Disk?

December 2, 2010 at 22:08:53
Specs: Windows XP

I am no geek so give all steps. Ok nothing here so far answers my question> How do you format a CD-R Disk? Then download a file like Interent Explorer and Burn it to the disk?

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December 2, 2010 at 22:57:27
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Hi, you can take the following steps:

1.Insert a blank CD-R into your CD-ROM hard drive.

2. Exit out of the AutoPlay dialog window, when it appears on your computer screen, by clicking the "X" in the upper-right corner of the dialog window.

3. Click the "Start" tab, located in the lower-left corner of your computer's task bar, then select the "Computer" or "My Computer" tab folder in the list options. This folder will entitled "Computer" in Vista" and "My Computer" in earlier operating system versions, such as Windows XP.

4. Right-click over the CD-R's removable storage folder tab when the Computer Explorer window opens.

5. Select the "Format" action in the right-click drop-down menu. Formatting will automatically begin and an elapsed time estimator will appear in a dialog window displaying the amount of time it will take to format the disc. Once the process is complete, this window will disappear automatically.
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December 3, 2010 at 03:11:54

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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December 3, 2010 at 08:27:16

First I would make a separate directory for files I want to burn to cd.
Then download and install a free burning program....example image burn.

Download the program you want. Move or copy it and any other files you want to put on the cd to the directory for burning.

Insert a blank cdr. Select imageburn the files in your new dir with your files.

You should not need to format the cdr. using imageburn

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December 3, 2010 at 10:26:58


Are you asking how to burn a compilation to a CD-R?
How to format a CD-R so that it can be treated like a hard drive or floppy to write files to as and when you want until the CD-R is full?

If it is the second case then you need UDF / packet writing software.
Visit the links below for more information:

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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December 3, 2010 at 17:07:59

Whatever, you DO NOT format a CD-R before use and I am surprised to see posters that think you can or should. You only do that on a CD-RW.

You can leave a session open on a CD-R (for adding stuff until it is full) but that is a different matter - it formats as it goes along.

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December 3, 2010 at 23:15:43

Why don't you do some study on the internet and there are many resources that may help.

You did not say there is any problem with your format cd problem then you can go some normal ways and just follow tutorials like

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December 4, 2010 at 10:15:38

Has the world gone crazy (including MS) or is it me? The second link in #6 has a sub-link under "References", to this MS page:

The third example down says this:
"Be able to add and erase files over and over, as if the disc were a floppy disk or USB flash drive"

The list against this includes CD-R, CD+R, DVD-R, DVD+R. Surely this is complete nonsense because these four are not "re"-writeable? Yes, they are writeable so you can add and erase files but the disk space cannot be released when old files are erased because they are only "marked" as deleted. It will therefore eventually be filled without any possibility of any further deleting or adding, so how on earth can they say this is like a floppy or USB drive?

Re-writeable disks such as CD-RW or DVD-RW can be used, files deleted and the space reused as long as they are serviceable. It is these that are like a floppy or flash drive.

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December 4, 2010 at 23:17:06

(And what's a 'cd+r' disk?)

Live File System seems to be microsoft's new packet writing software--something like Nero's InCD or Roxio's Drag-to-Disk--and is default on Vista. When you put in a blank cd-r disk it wants to format it for use in a LFS environment but you can also choose 'mastered' which is the traditional burn-it-once, no-additions, no-deletions.

Packet writing and burn-once have never needed to be formatted previously so I'm thinking MS is using the word 'format' to describe what burning software did on its own when distinguishing the two different uses.

In any event, there is no reformatting a cd-r. And as Derek says, deleting data does not recover any space on them.

The OP is using XP and not Vista so probably isn't gong to be confronted with the need to format a cd-r. He just needs to install Nero or Roxio or whatever, pop a blank cd-r in the burner and follow the software instructions for creating the disk.

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December 5, 2010 at 06:26:39

Thanks for your input.

CD-R is the standard pushed out by one group of companies and CD+R is another group - each of them presumably reckoning theirs is superior. I think we are now saddled with both forever. On modern computers and home stereo's they seem to be interchangeable. Some of the early home kit would only play one type (CD-R I think). DVD's can also be - or +.

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December 6, 2010 at 00:48:21

I didn't know there were +R cds. Well, just something more to learn.

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