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Vista can't erase disks


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Gemius

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I've been trying to erase my eight back up disks following re installation of Live Onecare on my Vista Home Premium system. I've gone through erase and formatting but when I try to use the disks I get the same message. 'Insert a blank disk as this one has data on it' Does anyone know why Vista can't erase the disks properly so they can be used again?
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Howdy:

Are they cd-rw or dvd-rw disks?

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They are DVD+RW.
The writer I have is a Samsung SH-W183 18X18 DVD+-RW Serial ATA Dual Layer ReWriter. I got it because it's supposed to be able to write to RAM disks as well and my DVD player with our TV takes RAM disks. I tried recording on RAM disks and playing them on the TV for other purposes but was never successful so I bought some of each type and happened to use the DVD+RW for my back up.
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DVD+RW disks are unique in the fact you DON'T erase them in order to use them again. You simply burn over top of the existing data.

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Edited by Murray S., 13 February 2008 - 03:39 PM.

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Thank you for that Murray. I've never come across it before but it explains why Live OneCare doesn't like them. I'll buy a new set of disks and try again.
Many thanks
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What I would try now before you go out and buy more is to format those dvd's.

You just may get them working again.

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