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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.
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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