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Windows 7: Windows was unable to complete the format

15 May 2011   #1

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Windows was unable to complete the format

I have a new computer, Dell Inspiron 580 Windows 7 64-bit. I was trying the "Format" option in Windows Explorer and got the following message: : Windows was unable to complete the format." I had a DVD R/W disc in the drive.

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15 May 2011   #2

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You do not format CDs or DVDs with Windows Explorer.

You can use a Program, like Nero Burning ROM or similar to create a data disk, or a CD or DVD "formatted" as UDF or UDF/ISO, which will allow it to be recognized in Windows Explorer like it was a normal folder.
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15 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
 
 

What is the "Format" option used for then?
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15 May 2011   #4

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Hard drives, USB drives, flash cards, etc.
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15 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
 
 

Thank you
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