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Re: Unable to Create System Image on DVD's

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Char Jackson, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    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

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