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My DVD-RW cd won't format after the first backup, it always says the format fails


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09-Dec-2007, 07:17 PM #1
My DVD-RW cd won't format after the first backup, it always says the format fails
I want to start making external backups of my computer. Yesterday I insterted a brand new DVD-RW into my comp. It formatted fine and the backup filled the Disc, it asked for Disc 2, I put it in and everything was fine, but then I had to shut down my comp and it didn't complete. So now I need to reformat Disc 1 and start over, but it keeps saying 'Format was not successful.'

I tried and was successful in deleting all the files on the disc, but it still won't format. Any help or suggestions would greatly be appreciated .

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09-Dec-2007, 08:29 PM #2
I don't know why it would not format again but you really don't need to format again , simply delete everything on the drive is all.
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09-Dec-2007, 08:52 PM #3
I did try that. I tried to click erase disc, and at first I thought it erased because it said that it was erased succesfully, but I checked again, and after I click erase, it doesn't erase; it still says there's 0% free space. When I clik into the disk or click 'explore' on it, the only thing in there is a desktop.ini file, which I delete, but nothing else shows up on the disc.

Also, when I insert the disc and try to start a backup, it makes me format it first, which fails.

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09-Dec-2007, 09:35 PM #4
Possibly the disk was corrupted, did you try another new one?
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10-Dec-2007, 02:31 AM #5
Yeah, i guess you were right, my other disc formatted correctly (the memory wasn't completely full like the other one), but I'll have to get another DVD-RW to try the backup again.

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10-Dec-2007, 10:04 AM #6
Glad it was something simple. You know I gave up working with cd and dvd-rw's many years ago as I found they corrupt to easily. Much safer to use portable or mobile hard drive if your intent is to remove the backup from the premesis.
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