Cannot format CD-RW disks

I just installed a teac dw224e external USB drive. I can read CD's just fine. I can write CD-R's just fine. However, I cannot format CD-RW disks. If I right-click on the drive in "My Computer", I do not get an option to Format. What am I doing wrong? If I put a used CD-RW disk in I can erase the files but I cannot format it.
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Have you tried to format them using the burning software supplied by the cd-r vendor? Such as Nero, or Roxio?  I have never formated a CD-RW using windows. (to tell you the truth, i never trusted it.)  Try installing Nero and Roxio then formating the CD.

This will still allow you to copy files to the CD like your used to with explorer.

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Hi ssgmiami,
windows has built-in burning capability, but not cdrw formatting capability. like kmorris said, nero or roxio. i have personally used Nero's "InCD" which is the cdrw utility, and it's easy to use. you can start a full-functioning demo version here:

ssgmiamiAuthor Commented:
Thanks Kmorris and AZSanDiego. I did load Nero InCD4 just before I left work but really didn't get a chance to try again. Will revisit the issue on Monday.
on a cd rw there is no format there yould erase all contents using a program (eg nero)
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