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    Is there any way in Windows Vista to re-format a disk with data on it and in read only write protected mode ??

    If not , can Windows XP accomplish the above ??

    or do you need special software to re-format ??

    Thanks for your help...

    Ted

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    [quote name='Theodore' post='777329' date='28-May-2009 13:11']Is there any way in Windows Vista to re-format a disk with data on it and in read only write protected mode ??

    If not , can Windows XP accomplish the above ??

    or do you need special software to re-format ??

    Thanks for your help...

    Ted[/quote]
    If you are talking about a CD or DVD, once data is burned to the disk it cannot be used again. Even with an RW disk, once you close the disk, it cannot be formatted and written to again.

    Just curious, but why would you want to do this ??? Economics ??
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='777331' date='28-May-2009 17:25']If you are talking about a CD or DVD, once data is burned to the disk it cannot be used again. Even with an RW disk, once you close the disk, it cannot be formatted and written to again.

    Just curious, but why would you want to do this ??? Economics ?? [/quote]

    I have about 200 used Read only disks I'd like to re-use and also low percentage and half used disks to consolidate files into a single full disk.

    Ted

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    [quote name='Theodore' post='777336' date='28-May-2009 11:06']I have about 200 used Read only disks I'd like to re-use and also low percentage and half used disks to consolidate files into a single full disk.

    Ted[/quote]
    Can NOT be done.
    This is where in todays world the USB drive external and thumb type are the best to use. They are reusable

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    [quote name='Theodore' post='777336' date='28-May-2009 14:06']I have about 200 used Read only disks I'd like to re-use and also low percentage and half used disks to consolidate files into a single full disk.

    Ted[/quote]
    You can consolidate the "low percentage and half used" disks on to individual full CDs or DVDs by copying the files to a folder on your HD (the desktop is a good place for this folder), making certain not to exceed the size limits of the media you are burning to, and then burn the folder contents to the disk.

    Sadly, you can then toss the old disks. Or use them for wind chimes or drink coasters.
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