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Windows 7: Create a System Repair Disc

11 Sep 2011   #11
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

I'll keep that for reference. It would seem simpler to "un" format a DVD, but how's that done? Also, to remove all other files from it.


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11 Sep 2011   #12
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Unformat a dvd? You mean erase the dvd contents? Just use any dvd burning program, all of them can erase the dvd, provided its a rewritable dvd. You cant erase the contents of a recordable only dvd.
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11 Sep 2011   #13
marsmimar

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Bill, that was going to be my answer. Stop being so fast on the keyboard!
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11 Sep 2011   #14
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

No, it's not a RW disc. DVD-R. So if it's formatted, I can't use it because I can't undo the formatting?
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11 Sep 2011   #15
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ukthesis View Post
No, it's not a RW disc. DVD-R. So if it's formatted, I can't use it because I can't undo the formatting?
You cant remove the stuff already there. But if its a multisession disk (you didnt close the session/disk after the first burn) then you can use the remaining empty space on the disk to add more files.
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11 Sep 2011   #16
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

Did it with an unformatted CD lying around. THANKS. But why isn't it made clear when it tells you on Backup and Restore about this function that you need to use an unformatted disc? Any how PROBLEM SOLVED!
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11 Sep 2011   #17
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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States: insert a BLANK DISC


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11 Sep 2011   #18
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

Without wanting to seem pedantic, I assumed that you could have a formatted disc that's also "blank" (ie blank in that it has no files saved by myself on it). I bet if you ask most who just fiddle about on their computers, and not those knowing more, they won't know this difference. They will probably assume that if they've not done anything but format their CD's, they consider them as blank (ie with no files they've saved on them).

The other point is that, for routine PC work, formatting discs before use is the norm. This is what one normally does to get them to work.
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11 Sep 2011   #19
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 
Install DVDs

Just curious. If you have a problem with a System Repair DVD as opposed to CD then wouldn't you expect problems using the Install DVD for the same purpose?
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11 Sep 2011   #20
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Just curious. If you have a problem with a System Repair DVD as opposed to CD then wouldn't you expect problems using the Install DVD for the same purpose?
Please correct me if I misunderstood your question.

The only problem here was that the DVD had been previously formatted. To create the system repair disc the CD or DVD has to be unformatted (blank).
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