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Old 09-08-2004, 09:51 AM   #1
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Question How to format a DVD+RW?

I know that you can format a DVD+RW in any filesystem so I can randomly add/delete files (like UDF and Windows). I need that to quickly update my RPM collection.
How to do it?
How to format to other filesystem than UDF (or without need to patch the kernel)?
Old 09-08-2004, 06:37 PM   #2
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I'd like to know how to format DVD+RW's period. I'm a Linux noob, and I am able to burn DVD+R's but not DVD+RW's using Xcdroast. The tech support guy at Memorex told me my problem was that the DVD+RW's need to be formated before I could write to them. Well, I don't see any option to format my DVD's with the Universal Disk Format filesystem or anything else for that matter. =(

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I'm somewhat behind the times but I've never heard of being able to format a CDRW or DVDRW with any filesystem.

BTW what is the current status of UDF support in the 2.6 kernel?

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Old 09-08-2004, 10:04 PM   #4
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Well, actually (from what I've read up on it) virgin DVD+RW's need to be formated. Right now I'm reading this guys FAQ/Manual right here

It has loads of great info for noob linux users(like me) who want to learn how to burn dvd's. I highly recomend you look into reading it. I actually solved my problem from the info I gained from reading that website.

my dvd rom drive is slave on my seconadry ide. So to "format" or blank the dvd I typed,

$dvd+rw-format /dev/scd1

and thats it. Now the dvd disk is ready to be burned. I have been using Xcdroast to burn my cd's and dvd's and I have also played around with just using the command line to do it.

I hope this helps.



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