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Windows 7: windows was unable to complete the format

01 Jan 2014   #1
Mysterious

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
windows was unable to complete the format

Hi,i bought two blank cds & when i put in disc tray & open it in my computer.it says format like a flash,usb drive,mastered format. I choose like a flash,usb method but it says windows was unable to complete the format. I had one blank disc before & same message appear.i thought problem is in the disc.so i throw that away. But now same issue with these two brand new balnk cds.what to do ? Same problem was in windows 8 too


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01 Jan 2014   #2
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

Are you trying to format CD-Rs? Brand new CD-Rs need not be formatted. You can just burn to them straight away.
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10 Jan 2014   #3
Mysterious

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Hi i'm so sorry for late reply.because i had no internet.ok so cd-rs not need to be formatted.then how to burn them straight ?
& if i want to format them,then how to ?
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10 Jan 2014   #4
Mysterious

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Hi i'm so sorry for late reply.because i had no internet.ok so cd-rs not need to be formatted.then how to burn them straight ?
& if i want to format them,then how to ?
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10 Jan 2014   #5
michaelst

windows 7 32
 
 

After you insert the CD-R into the tray and close it, after a few seconds it should show up in Windows Explorer as empty drive. You can then drag and drop the files you want to copy.

You will only be able to reformat a disk if is a CD-RW (rewritable).
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10 Jan 2014   #6
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by michaelst View Post
After you insert the CD-R into the tray and close it, after a few seconds it should show up in Windows Explorer as empty drive. You can then drag and drop the files you want to copy.

You will only be able to reformat a disk if is a CD-RW (rewritable).
Sorry but you are wrong here.You can't just drag and drop files to a CD-R. You can only burn the files to disc using a suitable burner software. I would suggest you try Burn Aware Free a very popular free burner software. You can download from here:
http://www.burnaware.com/
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10 Jan 2014   #7
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Here are some links that explain your options:
Format a CD or DVD - Microsoft Windows Help
Which CD or DVD format should I use? - Microsoft Windows Help

If you plan on using the disc in an older machine or some other player, then stick with burning
Other options of putting data on a disc might rendeer the disc unusable anywhere but on the machine it was created. To put it differently, you might not be able to read the disc on another device, only your PC.
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10 Jan 2014   #8
ProstarComputer

Windows 7 UnProfessional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by michaelst View Post
After you insert the CD-R into the tray and close it, after a few seconds it should show up in Windows Explorer as empty drive. You can then drag and drop the files you want to copy.

You will only be able to reformat a disk if is a CD-RW (rewritable).
Sorry but you are wrong here.You can't just drag and drop files to a CD-R. You can only burn the files to disc using a suitable burner software. I would suggest you try Burn Aware Free a very popular free burner software. You can download from here:
BurnAware | Powerful & Free Burning Software
Third party software is generally ideal but you can drag and drop contents to a blank disc via Windows Explorer to burn certain content. Certain file types are best burned to disc via third party software, e.g. image files.
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10 Jan 2014   #9
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ProstarComputer View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by michaelst View Post
After you insert the CD-R into the tray and close it, after a few seconds it should show up in Windows Explorer as empty drive. You can then drag and drop the files you want to copy.

You will only be able to reformat a disk if is a CD-RW (rewritable).
Sorry but you are wrong here.You can't just drag and drop files to a CD-R. You can only burn the files to disc using a suitable burner software. I would suggest you try Burn Aware Free a very popular free burner software. You can download from here:
BurnAware | Powerful & Free Burning Software
Third party software is generally ideal but you can drag and drop contents to a blank disc via Windows Explorer to burn certain content. Certain file types are best burned to disc via third party software, e.g. image files.
But the statement above says " You can then drag and drop the files you want to copy." I was making the point that you can't just copy to a CD-R it must be burnt!!
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10 Jan 2014   #10
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Does anyone read what I post?

I've had nothing but trouble using anything but burn so I'm not recommending any method other than burn. Only pointing out that there are a few ways to put data on CD/DVD

CD-R mastered disc tricks users into thinking they are dragging to the CD, but it's really only staging the files to be burned.


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Live File System discs:
  • Enable you to copy files immediately to the disc by dragging them.
  • Are convenient if you want to keep a disc in your disc burner and occasionally copy a few files at a time.
  • Are convenient because there is no lengthy recording step as there is with Mastered discs. Each file is written to the disc as you drag it to the disc folder.
  • Enable you to save a new file directly to the disc.
  • Enable you to update or delete individual files.
  • Enable you to format the disc again when you use a rewritable disc, such as a CD-RW, DVD-RW, or DVD-RAM.
  • Might have to be closed before they can be used in other computers.
  • Are compatible only with computers running on Windows XP and later versions of Windows.
Mastered discs:
  • Enable you to drag files to the disc and then burn all the files at once.
  • Are convenient if you need to burn a large collection of files.
  • Are compatible with computers running older or current versions of the Windows operating system, a different operating system other than Windows, as well as some consumer electronic devices, such as CD players, DVD players, and Blu‑ray Disc players.
  • Might require a large amount of free hard disk space to burn (up to twice the capacity of the disc you're burning).
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