Drive will not reformat dvd+rw Disk

By dtes816
Sep 14, 2006
  1. I have a Dell Dimension 5100 computer that operates very well, but I have been having one recurring problem. I have been using Sony DVD+RW disks to back up some of my data. Recently, I have found it necessary to reformat some of these disks. Now, keeping in mind that these are DVD+RW disks, this should not be a problem, but once I started reformatting these disks I start getting errors on them. This has happened on four consecutive disks so this can not be a random problem (CD-R, CD-RW, and DVD+R disks all seem to work the way they were intended.) I can usually reformat each disk 1 time. If I try to reformat again I receive errors such as disk is damaged, or can not be formatted due to general error.

    The drive is a NEC DVD+-RW ND3530A
    The disks are Sony DVD+RW 1x-4X compatible

    Has anyone ever heard of a problem like this, and if so is there a way to resolve it?

    Please let me know.
  2. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    Have you tried different brands of dvd+rws?
    Have you tried to update the firmware?
  3. dtes816

    dtes816 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have already updated the firmware, but I have not yet tried another brand of DVD-RWs. Is there any known compatability issue between the NEC DVD+-RW ND 3530A and certain brands of disks. I would hate to throw away money on a new set of disks if there is.
  4. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    I don't know if there are specific brands that your player doesnt like, but i does happen on some players..

    Cheap quality discs are usualy the ones blamed..
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