On Tue, 3 Nov 2009 10:56:00 -0500, "Jack Gillis" <XXXXXXXX@widomaker.com> wrote: > >I have Win 7 64 bit installed on my laptop as well as my desktop. System >images for both are on external HD's. > >On the laptop, I have created a system image on blank DVD's using DVD-R's. >No problems -- I can restore from the DVD's. > >However, when I try to create a system image on blank DVD-R's on my desktop, >I get a message saying something like, "format was unsuccessful." If I use a >DVD+RW the process runs to completion and I can restore from it. I had to >use RW's because I don't have any +R's. > >I get the same unsuccessful message if I try to format a blank DVD-R with >Win 7. > >My DVD burner on the desktop says it is a +R. Does that mean I can't >use -R's. > >I've no idea whether this is a Win 7 problem, burner problem or a problem on >my part. > >Would someone please try to straighten out the dense old mind? > >Thank you very much. It's a problem on your part. You're trying to format a "write once" media and you can't do that. Just skip the formatting step when you're using a DVD-R or DVD+R since those media types are ready to burn right out of the box. Formatting only applies to RW media, DVD-RW in your case.