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Format A CD or DVD

Posted by Box Off My Computer on April 5, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Using CD's or DVD's to save your work, pictures, videos etc is a great idea. It can help free space and also back up all your stuff in case somthing dreadfull happens to your PC or Laptop. Sometimes when you buy a pack of blank CDs or DVDs you may have to format them so they work.

Before you can copy files to a CD or DVD, the disc must first be prepared using a process called formatting.

There are several ways to format a CD or DVD disc. Your choice of format determines which computers and other devices will be able to read the disc.

To Format Your CD or DVD

Insert a blank disc into your computer's CD or DVD drive.

A window will open, click on 'Burn files to disc'.

Now you can type a name for your new disc.

Now click 'Show formatting options', and then click one of the following formatting options:

Live File System


Click 'Next' to prepare the disc.

Now you can copy files to your disc using whichever method you selected.

Another Basic Way Tom Format Your CD or DVD

Insert a blank disc into your computer's CD or DVD drive.

Go to 'My Computer' or 'Computer' depending on your opporating system,

You will see your blank disc listed as 'CD RW' or 'DVD R' depending on what sort of disc you have inserted.

Right click on the icon for your disk,

Select 'Format'

You will now be able to type a name for your new disc.

Tick the box for 'Quick Format'

then 'Start'

Formatting may take a few minutes, do not remove the disc from your machine until formatting is finished or you will ruin the disc and it will be unusable.

Categories: Learn How To, Computer Basics Help, Music, Pictures And Files Help

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