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The disk is now unrecognisable and a second attempt produced exactly the same error. The disk was OK immediately before the offending command, so it can hardly be damage. Is there another way to reformat a DVDRW? And what, if anything, did I do wrong?
The process of clearing a dvd-rw is called blanking.
Blanking DVD-RW discs
Working with rewritable media is no different from working with ordinary DVD-R media aside from the obvious fact that every now and then you may want to erase the data on them and start over. From the DVD+RW-Tools package we get the dvd+rw-format command that does this for us. It has two modes that can be used when erasing discs, either quick or full mode. In most cases, a quick erase is enough, and this will only take a minute or two (depending on your recorder), compared to the full-erase mode, that takes about the same time as writing a full-size to the media. (Or even longer, depending on the recorder you are using)
To perform a quick format, issue the following command:
dvd+rw-format -blank /dev/dvd
And here is the syntax for erasing the entire disc:
Off topic but I thought the three R's were Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. On the topic (perhaps?) why will kubuntu K3 write a growisofs file but then it is not mountable by either konqueror or mount, no problem mounting with Mepis.