How to format a DVD ROM in windows 7 using command prompt.

April 15, 2019 at 10:19:38
Specs: Windows 7
I have an Acer all computer running windows 7.
It has never been backed up more does it have a recovery starting point. It froze up on me while Running a program that Zip downloaded to alliw me access to the is.OS of an iPad to possibly erase or delete some files. Well it did not scan the iPad as I thought it was, but it ran a scan on the main computer. Then it froze up. I tried to restart it, but when it ran the disc scan to repair it, it did not work and it hot stuck on the Widows logo screen.
I tried to do a restore, but with no restore point that is not possible. I ordered a repair and a reinstall disk, but when I chose to back up the hard drive first, I got a message that I must format the dvd first. But it is hard to do this in safe mode a and the commands that I found on youtube only worked up to the last command, which is supposed to be "Y" for yes But it did not recognize that command. This is the commands I found. Wbadmin Start backup-backuptarget: F:-include :C:-allcritical
Hit return
Type Y to Start backing up .
This was supposed to be fir backkng up the whole hard drive, but nothing worked.

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April 15, 2019 at 14:52:41
You don't need discs to do a system recovery. The software is built-in, all you have to do is press Alt+F10 at boot. However, you may lose all your data so make sure to pay close attention to what's on the screen.

Did you try System Restore or is that what you mean by a "recovery starting point"? You can run System Restore at startup by tapping the F8 key & selecting Repair Your Computer.

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April 15, 2019 at 15:05:02
trailing rider re’ a system recovery/rebuild...

If you invoke the alt-F10 option... be very aware of possible loss of personal files etc. In the process.

Regardless of what steps you may take to get the computer running ok... if at all possible copy personal content to external media first. That media could be an external hard drive, or a stack of dvd...

If the system won’t boot up to allow the above, then use a Linux dvd to boot the system, Then access the hard drive and copy personal content as above.

Linux comes in various flavours and riider and others can advise which is simplest, easiest to use. One downloads an ISO and burns it to dvd (via any computer). Boot with that dvd. It will load into RAM only (unless you say otherwise - which don’t); and the hard drive is simply a resource to accessed.

Having safeguarded personal files etc. it’s then much safer to proceed with whatever level of system recovery you opt for.

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April 15, 2019 at 15:15:03
Incidentally re’ your post header “ how to format a dvd rom? If it’s a dvdr then you don’t; it’s formatted at time of recording automatically. If a dvdrw the same usually applies; although one can preformat those - but seldom is necessary to.

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April 16, 2019 at 07:55:00
If you format a DVD-RW you can use it like a flash drive provided you choose the right option.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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April 16, 2019 at 09:50:30
re" #4 Derek:

Oh... please do tell how this be dun...

This be gnu gnus to me...


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April 16, 2019 at 15:33:26
S'easy. It's all done by the use of a typo. I've amended my #4 to read DVD-RW. What a difference one character makes.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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April 17, 2019 at 09:47:36
Phew that’s a relief... I thought you’d discovered a little known secret...

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July 22, 2019 at 05:00:09
Correct me when wrong, but optical media is formatted in UDF, not in NTFS or FAT

So, you need an UDF formatting application ... and a command line version for that matter

No basic Windows software I know of does support that, so you must go & hunt. And, most is GUI.

Then, there are options how to handle the writing, either:
- the default method: format, write stuff, close the disc
- the advanced method (requiring re-writable discs as well): format, keep on writing and removing stuff, never close

The "closing" is typical for optional discs, it's a bit like post-formatting a disc: it beholds the data that is on the disc, and arranges the bits into a final image.

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