Can a DVD-R be reformatted?

April 5, 2011 at 13:58:14
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a DVD recorder and am using DVD-R discs to record some programs. The first time I'd tried to record a program, unfortunately I didn't have some of the cables plugged into the right places and only the audio was recorded and the video did not record. I removed the disc from the recorder, got the cables "squared away", put a new disc into the recorder and video and audio are recording successfuly. Question is: is the DVD-R disc that has only the audio and no video recorded on it now junk (should I just throw it away) or is there a way that it can be reformatted?

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April 5, 2011 at 15:42:15
A DVD-R cannot be reformatted. For that you need a DVD-RW.

Any individual portion of a DVD-R can only be written to once, after which it is permanent.

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April 5, 2011 at 16:32:52
Thank you very much for your help and informative reply.

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