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Old 08-05-2008, 03:49 AM   #1
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I have a DVD-RW disc that for some reason won't erase. I've tried 3 different dvd softwares and none of them can erase the disc. It gives errors saying the disc is not eraseable, which is stupid because it is eraseable. Are these DVD-RW discs stable at all??? What can I do to erase them???
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Have you even tried another type of media bro ?
i mean some media can be deffective, have many have you popped in so far ?
can you erase a cd-rw also ?
This may help to know if your media is bad/defective or you have a problem with your dvd device
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Have you even tried another type of media bro ?
i mean some media can be deffective, have many have you popped in so far ?
can you erase a cd-rw also ?
This may help to know if your media is bad/defective or you have a problem with your dvd device
Yes, I tried it with another DVD-RW disc and this one did erase successfully. I guess the first disc was corrupted because it wasn't readable as well. I was being stubborn trying to erase the first disc, it seems like a waste of money to just throw them away. So everything works fine now and can now erase multiple discs easily.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't you just write over the data that's already on the DVD-RW. I don't think you can just simply delete things from it. Not sure though.
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There's a process which some DVD software uses called "finalizing" the disk, I don't do it myself but I was told that it makes the disk undeletable. Maybe that's what happened??
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also they are not infinate

they can only survive a few erases because each time it burns some of the surface off
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There's a process which some DVD software uses called "finalizing" the disk, I don't do it myself but I was told that it makes the disk undeletable. Maybe that's what happened??
it's a dvd-rw so it should not be a problem even though you finalize it, or close your session, in the end it's erasable. I've never had any problems with rw's be it + or _.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't you just write over the data that's already on the DVD-RW. I don't think you can just simply delete things from it. Not sure though.
Depends on the software suite, it will ask you if you want to erase the disk.
Yes you can delete things from it
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Can you reformat the DVDRW disk and then it would be wiped surely ? it works with CDRW disks because I have just this second done it to prove it to myself
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Can you reformat the DVDRW disk and then it would be wiped surely ?
I erase mine all the time,the data is gone, the size switches back to 4.5gb (though we are not talking about possibility of recovering, which you can)
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(though we are not talking about possibility of recovering)
I know we're not he want to erase the disk doesn't he? so a format would do it, maybe he had something on the disk before that wouldn't wipe(a virus maybe)
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