Formatting CDs

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at
Wed Jun 27 02:35:10 UTC 2007

On Tuesday 26 June 2007, Aaron Konstam wrote:
>On Wed, 2007-06-27 at 08:48 +0800, Ed Greshko wrote:
>> Aaron Konstam wrote:
>> > On Tue, 2007-06-26 at 11:20 -0500, Mike McCarty wrote:
>> >> Aaron Konstam wrote:
>> >>> I don't know whether I got a reply to my question of how you format
>> >>
>> >> a
>> >>
>> >>> CD-RW using gnomebaker?
>> >>
>> >> I don't think anyone managed to be sure he understood your question.
>> >> I know I didn't. Please define "format a CDRW".
>> >
>> > Well its discouraging since I expalined it several times. I want to do
>> > to the CD-RW the same thing you do when you formatted a floppy. Once it
>> > is formatted you could mount it and use it like you use a hard drive.
>> > Copy files to it using cp, remove files from it using rm, etc.
>> The only media I know capable of this is DVD-RAM.
>That was my original point. You can format CD-RW under windows and use
>them under fedora but you can't format them under fedora.
>Why not one might ask?

Because they don't need it?  They are ready to be written to right out of the 
box.  OTOH, I just checked the latest k3b, and it has an erase cd-rw function 
which I suspect is identical to what the winderz box actually does when the 
format call is issued.  But even that is optional since they can be 
over-written at any time.
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