How to Format a DVD Blank Disc

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Formatting is a necessary step that aims to prepare any disc, including DVDs, for data storage. DVDs use a special Universal Disc Format (UDF) to achieve comparability across different platforms. When a DVD is formatted you can simply drag files to the disk to automatically burn them. Windows Vista or later versions provide a built-in support for DVDs that offers multiple formatting options.

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  1. 1

    Insert a blank DVD into the computer DVD burner.

  2. 2

    Log into your Windows Vista/7 user account.

  3. 3

    Click on the Windows "Start" button in the left corner of the screen.

  4. 4

    Click on "Computer" display icons representing discs on your computer.

  5. 5

    Double-click to the DVD disc icon get to the small window "Prepare this blank disc."

  6. 6

    Click on "Show formatting options."

  7. 7

    Select the radiobutton "Live File System" or "Mastered" to choose a desired formatting option. Live File System creates a DVD that is similar to a flash drive allowing you to add files to DVD at any time (in multisession mode). The "Mastered" option creates a DVD that allows you to burn all files to DVD at once.

  8. 8

    Click "Next" to start the disc format. Allow two to four minutes for the process to be completed.

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