Formatting CD's/DVD's???

By JMHar
Oct 11, 2007
  1. Question: Why do I now have to format a cd or dvd before I can burn stuff to it? Until recently, I don't remember ever doing this (and depending on what computer I use I still don't), but now I seem to have to with most cd's (-RW). If I use my personal machine, I can just drag and drop to burn , but if I use my newer work pc (HP nc6400) I'll have to spend like 20 minutes waiting for the cd to be formatted before I can drop the files to it and burn.
  2. God Of Mana

    God Of Mana TechSpot Paladin Posts: 493

    Well it could be that you are using lame burning software or a old burner. (ahhem please dont be shaming yourself with sonic or default -_-") If you are using RW, it is normal for computer--->computer CDs that are burnt in one computer and you want to use it in an other that it may format it to bring it up to usable specs of your PC.
  3. JMHar

    JMHar TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I use Nero @ home and Roxio @ work. When I use my work computer, I always have to format the cd before loading files on t, but when I use my home computers, I usually don't have that problem, unless I try to burn to a dvd (see
  4. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Best guess

    It could be the brand your Boss buys.Ask him to buy what you
    use at home,or install Nero.
    Nero Rules.:D
  5. JMHar

    JMHar TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Neither of those suggestions is an option where I work. Technically speaking, I'm not even allowed to hook my mp3 player up to the usb port to recharge it, so installing unauthorized software is a big no no. And the cd's work fine if I take them home and burn there.
  6. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7


    So why did you ask ?
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Roxio is probably using something like DirectCD or whatever they are calling it. Basically its packet writing software, to make a cd drive behave like those old floppies.
  8. JMHar

    JMHar TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I asked because it is a pain to have to wait nearly 30 minutes for a cd to be formatted so that I can burn a file to it. Especially when it is 15 minutes till I get off and I need to take the disk home so I can complete some work over the weekend, and my train leaves in 20 minutes. I was wondering if there was something that I was doing wrong or had set incorrectly that was causing this to happen. And I was curious about it.
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,964   +355

    Perhaps for those situations you could purchase a flash drive. You can transfer documents to them much more quickly than burning a formatted CD. That said, why not format a few CDs in advance for just those emergencies?
  10. JMHar

    JMHar TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Those are good ideas and points, everyone. Thanks.
  11. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

  12. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    tell them how long it takes they will fix it
    check your software it should not format data disc as a 1st step
    it should format udf or iso on the burn
  13. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    You shouldn't have to format your CD/DVD if you use Nero. I can't help you with Roxio I don't like that program. Never care for the DirectCD feature either.
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