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Trouble formatting cd-rw discs


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Hi,
Can anyone please help me with the following (I hope I have posted this in the correct place), I am having problems formating cd-rw discs, when I try this I get the following message (FORMAT FAILED DUE TO MEDIA DAMAGE). Not being very good with computers I would really appreciate assistance. Thanks and happy new year.
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XP does not support CD-RW directly, other than as CDR, so has no format capability for CD-RW. You need to install CD burner software that has packet writing support, like Roxio Drag To Disc or Nero InCD.

I think this software is buggy and causes problems so stay away from them but some folks swear by (or at :) ) it.
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Thanks rich, I have checked and my computer had software sonic dla 4.5 ( it came with the computer), I thought this was the problem and found an update sonic dla 4.95, I swaped this over but still get the same message, format failed due to media damage. Trouble is I had previously been able to format cd-rw's with the sonic dla 4.5 software. I am wondering if I have botched up and removed something I shouldn't have, any ideas?.
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I wonder if this is caused by a windows Update? Try completely uninstalling Sonic and reinstalling it (if you can). If not, I would suggest contacting Sonic to see if they can help. Start here: http://support.sonic.com/.

Post back if they don't (or won't) help and I'll try to help.
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Thanks rich, I have taken your advice and sent an e mail to sonic, I will see if they respond. If not I will take you up on your kind offer, watch this space. Breaghboo
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have you tried to just write to the RW cd's yet... without formatting first...
can you burn to CD-R disks...
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Hi, I can write to previously formatted cd-rw discs, just can format new ones!.
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Windows XP does have a problem recognizing certain manufacturers CDRW media...try a different brand..
also XP does have a problem recognizing certain manufacturers CDRW drives and if you check the manufacturer of the drive you may well find an updated driver for it so that you can use the drive properly...
nojoy ...look here and see if this can help you...

Edited by happyrck, 11 January 2008 - 09:42 AM.

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Hi happyrck, I have the same box of cd-rw that I previously had take discs from that worked, so I dont think that is the problem, also I had updated from sonic dla 4.5 to 4.95 that didn't help , also followed your link and that has not brought any joy either. Thanks for the suggestions but still have the same problem.
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try using the device manager to uninstall the cd drive completely...reboot and let windows find the "new hardware" and it will reinstall the necessary drivers for it ...
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Read through the posts here. http://forums.techgu...ware-other.html Sounds like Ashampoo may be for you. Not free but has a free trial.

Pay heed to the warnings though, Packet writing is not the best method of backing up data. It is much more subject to loss of data than standard CDRs. You'd be better off to use a 1 or 2GB flash drive for temporary stuff and CDR or DVDR for permanent storage.
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