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23-Oct-2007, 08:53 AM #1
Can't format CDRW
I'm running Vista Ultimate and when I try to format a CDRW I get the message..."Windows was unable to complete the format." Could someone PLEASE give me a solution to this?
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23-Oct-2007, 12:01 PM #2
Are you using CD-RW media (correct for your drive) or CD+RW (not correct)

If you try a CD-R (not rewritable), can you record to it? (shouldn't ask to be formatted)
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23-Oct-2007, 01:02 PM #3
I'm using Memorex CD-RW. I've tried to format BOTH CD-R & CD-RW, but neither will let me format.
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23-Oct-2007, 01:11 PM #4
Do you have another CD drive in your PC that you can try?
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23-Oct-2007, 01:45 PM #5
I'm using a laptop...Toshiba Satellite M115-S1061. The driver is up-to-date but I can't get it to format.
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23-Oct-2007, 03:02 PM #6
I think you have a bad burner. You don't normally need to format any of those as they are preformatted -- and if Vista is prompting you to do it, it isn't reading the disk correctly.

I had a similar issue with an out-of-the-box Acer Business system. It would prompt me to format any RW media -- but couldn't.

Acer would have had me believe it was a "Vista" problem, but I just RMA'd the whole computer to Newegg under their 30 day return policy -- and the new one worked just fine.
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23-Oct-2007, 03:22 PM #7
I have Vista Home Premium
I was told not to use Memorex
I tried it but it didn't work
I tried Maxell DVD+R and it worked fine

I am a beginner so take this with "a grain of salt"

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23-Oct-2007, 07:18 PM #8
This is a known vista problem . Key error message title in google and it will take you to microsoft confession.
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23-Oct-2007, 07:55 PM #9
Maybe Sanphyl can find it for you here:

http://support.microsoft.com/search/...ry=format&adv=
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