Formatting CDs

Aaron Konstam akonstam at
Fri Jun 22 15:43:10 UTC 2007

On Fri, 2007-06-22 at 10:44 -0400, Bob Chiodini wrote:
> Aaron Konstam wrote:
> > It has been stated that you can format CD-RW using cdrecord or k3b.
> > I can't find that option in either program. k3b can format DVD-RW and
> > DVD+RW but not CDs as far as I can see.
> >
> > Could someone explain how to do it

> Aaron,
> It's the "blank" option with cdrecord.  It looks like the erase tool in k3b.
> Bob...
Oh, Oh. Blank and Format are not the same thing. Blank erases a disk on
which files have been stored using k3b or cdrecord on a CD-RW disk.
Format allows you to use the CD-RW disk as if it was a hard disk or a
memory stick to copy files on to it with the cp command or erase using
the rm command.
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Aaron Konstam telephone: (210) 656-0355 e-mail: akonstam at

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