Solved Can not format CD-RW disc to 700 mb

Hewlett-packard / PAVILION
April 5, 2013 at 16:54:58
Specs: Windows Vista, Intel Pentium D 925
When trying to format my CD-RW with a capacity of 700 MB Windows Vista formats it 453 MB.
How do I get the correct format?

Tx, Uncle Dewey


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#1
April 5, 2013 at 17:54:23
I have now determined that if I format using "Live File System" I have only 453 MB, but I can paste without burning and can delete individual files. However if I format using "Mastered" I do get 702 MB, but must burn files to the disc and cannot erase individual files, but must erase entire disk.

Looks like if I want a truly RW disc I can only have the 453 capacity.

Uncle Dewey


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#2
April 6, 2013 at 13:38:36
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There is a formatting penalty when you want to be able to copy/cut/paste to a CD-RW. My formatted but unused 700 MB CD-RW's are showing 552 MB free space out of 575 MB.

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#3
April 6, 2013 at 13:57:06
I find that CDRW's are not too reliable at the best of times. Maybe using a Thumb Drive might be an alternative to that, but remember to burn a hard copy of whatever you add because both of the above can get corrupted when you least expect it.

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#4
April 6, 2013 at 14:51:15
Thanks a bunch for your responses. I'm much better informed and won't fight the system for the way it is formatting my CD-RW disc. I only use the RW feature for short term storage of info such as bringing a disc with me such as to help a neighbor.

You guys are A-OK. Uncle Dewey


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#5
April 6, 2013 at 15:47:35
You're welcome - folk on this forum are only too willing to help where they can.

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#6
April 7, 2013 at 07:36:39
Did you try going to My Computer, right clicking on the CD/DVD-RW drive & selecting "erase this disk"?

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