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    Question concerning autoplay

    I am using windows 8.1 and am having problems trying to format a CD-R removable CD. I put the CD in the drive E, push the button at the side, the disk goes into the computer, light starts flashing plus a little disk noise, but NO message is given asking me if I want to format a disk.
    I tried right-clicking the lower-left corner, and in the search control panel typed "autoplay". The screen came up and I deselected "Use autoplay for all media devices", went down to "CD", in "BLANK CD" selected "ask every time". I then went to the bottom of the screen and selected "save".
    Going back to the CD, I selected "eject" on "E" drive. When I pushed the drive back in, again nothing happen (except for a little disk noise). How can I format this CD?
    Any ideas on how I can format disks? Thanks for any help.

    Randy

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    Hi Randy,

    You don't need to format a CD-R to use it unlike CD-RW's which can be re-used by formatting them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randyveach View Post
    ...Any ideas on how I can format disks?...
    CD-R disks cannot be formatted. They can only be written to.
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    I'm trying to copy some pictures to a disc in drive E. When I try to paste into the drive I have no paste option, just copy. When I click on the E drive I get this message:

    Windows can not read the disc in drive E.
    make sure that the disc uses a formatted disc that windows recognizes. If the disc is unformatted, you need to format before using.

    The discs are Memorex CD-R 52X 700MB 80 min.

    Any ideas? Thanks for the help.

    Randy

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    Try using CD Burner XP. Its more user friendly (and less convoluted) than the Windows built in version.

    https://cdburnerxp.se/en/home

    Always check for bundled unwanted extras when downloading and installing any new software and be sure to decline them. Use custom install when it’s available.

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    Thank You. CDBURNERXP works great, but it begs the question, why didn't the Windows version work. Could it possibly be the disc's? This is a new batch that I purchased at Best Buy.

    Randy

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    It's just Windows being fussy. Clicking on E: is asking Windows to read the disk and as it is blank Windows complains.

    cheers, Paul

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    There should be an entry for your optical drive when you right click on a file or folder and select "Send to".

    Easiest way I've found to copy files and/or folders to a CD/DVD drive...

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    jwoods,
    First of all, thanks for your suggestion.
    I tried it, and there is something weird going on. I moved the mouse pointer to a file and right clicked on it, a drop down/up list appeared, in the middle of that list was a "send to" selection, and when I clicked on it you get another drop down/up list. This is where it gets weird. I show "removable disk (F, (H, (I and (J as being available drives to "send to". What I don't see is a Removable disk (E. When you look at the displayed ICONS, drive "E:" is the only drive that is removable (displays a disc on it). Drive "F:" is blank, there is nothing in it (no hardware). How did that happen?

    Randy

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    One way is a USB drive that was connected, but not disconnected properly.

    You can easily fix the *phantom drive list* issue in Send To....these are simply shortcuts to the device location.

    1. Navigate to the C:\Users\[whatever your username is]\SendTo folder.

    2. Delete the entries for the phantom drives.

    3. To create a Send To shortcut, right-click on the name of the optical drive, create a shortcut and save it to the Desktop (should do this automatically), and then move it into the SendTo folder.

    The next time you right click and select Send To, you should now see it in the list.

    Send To is a powerful (and under-utilized) feature in Windows.

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    jwoods,
    I can follow step number 1, without any problems. Step 2 is where I have problems. If I go to the ICON for Removable disc (F and right click, I get a drop down list. If I select "eject" (there is no "delete" option), I get the message
    Safe to remove hardware.
    The removable disc (F device can be safely removed from the computer.
    This is where I run into the wall. I can't find a way to remove it.

    Randy

    Step 3 is also confusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randyveach View Post
    jwoods,
    I can follow step number 1, without any problems. Step 2 is where I have problems. If I go to the ICON for Removable disc (F and right click, I get a drop down list. If I select "eject" (there is no "delete" option), I get the message
    Safe to remove hardware.
    The removable disc (F device can be safely removed from the computer.
    This is where I run into the wall. I can't find a way to remove it.

    Randy

    Step 3 is also confusing.

    In Step 2, there should be an entry that says "Delete" when you right click on a shortcut in the SentTo folder.

    In Step 3, double click on My Computer, right-click on the icon for the removable drive, and select "Create shortcut". This should put the shortcut on your Desktop. Then, simply copy (or drag) the shortcut into the SendTo folder.

    HTH.

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    I'm missing something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randyveach View Post
    I'm missing something.
    If the CD Burner XP solution works for you, I wouldn't spend a lot of time trying to setup a Send To shortcut.

    It might be worthwhile to run a health check on your system.

    I would recommend PC Pitstop's free Overdrive web-based check...

    http://www.pcpitstop.com/betapit/default.asp

    I've used it on clients' and my own system for years.
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    I'm still having problems, please hang in with me a little longer.
    Maybe I'm doing something wrong at the beginning. In step one,

    You say... Navigate to the C:\Users\[whatever your username is]\SendTo folder.

    I go to... c:\Users\HP and right click

    I see (drop down options) starting with "Expand"
    Mid way down I see "Send to"
    toward the bottom I see "Delete"
    at the end I see "Properties"

    I have been right clicking on the "Send to"
    I then see options starting with "Compressed (zipped) folder"
    Mid way down and until the end I see "Removable disk (F) thru (J)"
    I see no "Delete".

    Can you see where I am going wrong?

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