How to Format a DVD+R

DVDs are an effective storage device because they are less susceptible to failure than hard drives. Their reliability results from their lack of moving parts. DVDs can hold up to 4.7 GB of data. DVD+R discs are writable DVDs that can only be written to once. That means you cannot delete any data from a DVD+R disc. Before writing data to a DVD+R, you should first prepare the disc by formatting it. Formatting the disc will determine its compatibility with various devices.

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You must format a DVD+R before you can write to it.
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Insert the DVD+R into the DVD drive of your computer. Wait a few seconds to let the disc load.

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Click "Burn files to disc" from the dialog box that appears after the disc is loaded.

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Enter a name for the DVD in the dialog box.

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Click "Show formatting options" and decide which format you want. You have two choices: mastered and live file system. Mastered formatting will allow you to use the DVD in various external devices, like a DVD player. Live file system formatting only allows the disk to be read in the Windows operating system.

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Click the format that you selected and click "Next" to format the disc.