CD disc Formatting unable to complete

May 9, 2013 at 07:31:01
Specs: Windows 7
Once the cd is done formatting a message comes on that says the computer is unable to complete formatting. How do I fix this?

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#1
May 9, 2013 at 07:47:37
What sofwtare are you using to format the CD?

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#2
May 9, 2013 at 07:50:19
I am trying to format a cd-rw. It starts the process and then the computer says unable to complete format

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#3
May 9, 2013 at 08:02:06
I am not sure what you mean. I just put the cd in and tell it to format. It starts the process but is unable to complete

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#4
May 9, 2013 at 12:21:26
Most likely the CD is worn out (unless this happens on new CD's).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
May 9, 2013 at 18:58:21
I have never formatted a CDr, I just put in the blank and use software like Nero to burn the CD or DVD. I am not sure there is a reason or process for formatting, CDr's are burn once media. CDrw's (rewritable) I have not used, but see no reason unless it is to wipe the old data, then see if burning software has options for this.

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#7
May 9, 2013 at 19:07:43
It's only rewritable DVD's or CD's that require formatting if you are using them in the copy/paste or drag and drop mode. It can cure errors but the way I see it if you are getting errors it's time to use a new CD/DVD rather than risking your data. Rewritable disks are not so long lasting or as reliable as + or - R's.

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#8
May 10, 2013 at 10:00:09
What OS are you using?
How do you try to format it (Give out the steps)?

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#9
May 12, 2013 at 05:54:37
Yes I would agree with others, the CD-RW is ready for the bin, worn out.
However, you shouldn't be formatting any CD anyway. Formatting a CD is done so that you can write directly to it using "drag-and-drop" just as if it was a hard drive, and you can add more files to it at a later date using the same method. It's called "Packet Writing".

However, although it is a very convenient way to write to a CD, it is also the most unreliable form of CD-writing in existence, and hardly anyone uses that method today because of it's unreliability. Data has a habit of disappearing from the CD when you use that method, so I advise you not to do it that way.

Moreover, CD-RW discs are themselves unreliable too, I never use them. People used to buy re-usable CD-RW media when optical discs generally were very expensive, but they are much cheaper now, so
buy a good brand of CD-R discs and use proper burning software like Nero.

I have had over 15 years experience in burning optical media so you can trust my advice.


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#10
May 19, 2013 at 17:15:14
You could try erasing the cd-rw completly, first, then formatting it. If it won't erase, then the disc is trashed, for sure. Those rewritables are unreliable to begin with, as are optical drives: laser diodes darken from their own heat over time, and the enamel burns off the focusing coils, shorting them out, this limits their life expectancy. The rest of a DVD drive could last indeffinately, but they go through laser sleds.

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