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How to format a CDRW disk



I have RecordNow 8 running on Windows XP SP2.


I have two questions:


1. I need to format CDRW and DVDRW disks. How can I do this?


2. RecordNow seems to have disabled the built-in CD and DVD writing capabilities of XP. Is this correct? RecordNow and the built-in capabilities cannot both be active?


John Wirt

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Hello John,


Rewriteable discs only need to be formatted if you are using Sonic's Drive Letter Access (DLA). Other programs will write to RW discs just as well as they do to write-once discs, the difference being that you can later erase RW discs and use them again.


A.) To format them:


[Caution: Formatting a disc makes all previously recorded data inaccessible. Once the Format operation is started, it cannot be cancelled.]


1 Insert a disc into your recorder drive.


2 In My Computer, right-click your recorder drive.

The 'Use with DLA' option in the popup menu should have a check mark beside it. If this option is not selected, click on the HELP button and follow the steps in "Using DLA With Your Recorder Drive" before proceeding.


3 Click Format.

DLA's Format dialog box appears. The options available to you will depend on the type of recorder drive you have.


4 Set the options in the Format dialog box.

a ) Type a name for your disc in the Volume label text box.

b ) Select either Quick or Full Format by clicking beside the option you prefer. DLA can perform either a Quick or Full format of your discs.

c ) If you have an EasyWrite CD-RW drive, you will have the option to create an EasyWrite disc by placing a check mark beside Enable EasyWrite. (See Using DLA with EasyWrite Drives for more information.)


5 Click Start.

If you selected Quick Format or you selected Full Format and your drive supports background formatting, you will be able to use your disc within minutes. If not, you must wait until formatting is complete before you can write files to your disc.


B.) Using DLA and XP

Windows XP includes a program that provides some, but not all, of the recording and disc preparation features available in DLA. Only one program can be enabled at a time for each user. You must disable the software provided with Windows XP before DLA can be used. This is done for the current user when DLA is installed on the computer. Other users will be given the opportunity to enable DLA after they have logged on.



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