Why does Vista always want to format a blank CD or DVD disk?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Gordon, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    Vista Home Premium. I have no third-party CD/DVD recording software on the
    machine. Every time I go to burn files to a CDR, CDRW, DVD R or DVDRW using
    the Windows burning function it wants to format the disk. If I cancel the
    format, then the burn is not proceeded with.
    XP does not do this. How do I stop this infuriating behaviour?
    Gordon, Jul 4, 2008
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  2. Your answer is simple enough:
    Stop using CD-RW media or DVD-RW media.
    Also, spend a few bucks and buy decent burner software -- like Nero's or
    Roxio's software.

    Donald McDaniel, Jul 4, 2008
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  3. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    <sigh> but if you read my post, it also tries to format CDR and DVDR AS
    Gordon, Jul 4, 2008
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    Nonny Guest

    Then try option 2: get a decent burning program :)
    Nonny, Jul 4, 2008
  5. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    I've got one. It's free. I just want to know a) why it does it and b) is
    there a way to stop it. I do sometimes just want to do a simple burn-to-disk
    from explorer....
    Gordon, Jul 4, 2008
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    Nonny Guest

    You can't set the default autoplay option to open that program when
    you insert a blank disc??
    Nonny, Jul 4, 2008
  7. Gordon

    Xenomorph Guest

    Wow, you sound ignorant.

    Some of the best burning applications for Windows are free.

    You recommend he buys CRAP software from Roxio or Nero instead?

    Perhaps the user should try ImgBurn. It does just about everything Nero does
    (plus a lot more), and costs $0.
    Xenomorph, Jul 4, 2008
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    Charlie Tame Guest

    I can agree with you 100% WRT Nero, both the Windows and Linux (is that
    a joke or what?) versions are terribly buggy. Or at least they were
    until they hit the trashcan.
    Charlie Tame, Jul 4, 2008
  9. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    I actually use CDBurnerXP Pro - have done for some years....the main point
    of my post is, that occasionally, I do just want to do a simple file burn
    from Explorer without firing up the burning app, and with XP that was OK but
    in Vista you can't do that without formatting the CD/DVD first.....
    Gordon, Jul 4, 2008
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    Ringmaster Guest

    Yeah, you're responding to a typical no nothing MS fanboy. They can't
    get it in their heads anything free might be as good as or better then
    the overpriced crap like Microsoft shovels out.

    Just three examples of good, free applications:

    Autoruns..... great utility that shows what's getting loaded at boot
    GIMP......... equal to or better than Photoshop in many respects
    VirtualDub... one of the best feature loaded basic video editors

    There are dozens of others.

    Any what's wrong with RW media? Nothing. McDaniel is just another
    clueless jerk. This newsgroup is a magnet for his type.
    Ringmaster, Jul 4, 2008
  11. Personal attacks really make your day!!!
    Charles W Davis, Jul 4, 2008
  12. Gordon

    Ringmaster Guest

    No, correcting misinformation from some blowhard does.
    Ringmaster, Jul 4, 2008
  13. Gordon

    Charabeuh Guest


    Your problem is a real one. I got the same one.

    I try to remember what i have done...

    I uninstalled all the burning softwares except one. I disabled the burning
    service of vista. I deleted a directory (don't remember which one and if i
    do my Vista is not in english) whose content was files to burn on a disk.
    Look like i began a burning operation with vista's burning tool and never
    went to the end.)

    Hope it gives you some ideas.

    (I apologyze for my english)
    Charabeuh, Jul 4, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    XP always wanted to install its file System on a CD before burning files!!!!!
    That is why we used 3rd party burning software, lol.
    Mick Murphy, Jul 5, 2008
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    Gordon Guest

    Gordon, Jul 5, 2008
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    BurrWalnut Guest

    Here are a couple of things to try:

    1. Experiment with the autoplay settings in Control Panel > Autoplay.

    2. Using an unimportant DVD/CD, allow Vista to go through the motions of
    formatting the disk. I think it will fail then allow you to ‘explore’ the
    drive. Sometimes this ‘pseudo’ formatting resets the drive.
    BurrWalnut, Jul 5, 2008
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    JerryM Guest

    One more note,

    Look at the labels on the DVD disks,
    If it says DVD-R or DVD-RW (notice the hyphen) the disk is already
    If it says DVD+R or DVD+RW (notice the plus sign ) the disk needs to be

    JerryM, Jul 5, 2008
  18. Gordon

    - Bobb - Guest

    Whether Vista or another app - with option to use drive checked will try
    to format it.
    "Do you have Recording enabled" for drive ?
    I found that in Drive Properties - Recording tab - uncheck "Recording "
    box and autoformatting stopped for me. Blank DVD's for either model would
    produce same result. If you had software cd burning app installed, IT
    would start format ( if set to do so) automatically. Windows sees unusable
    media and is trying to correct it.
    - Bobb -, Jul 8, 2008
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