Using DVD-RAM disc under Windows XP

DVD-RAM discThe main advantage of DVD-RAM disc over standard DVD R/RW disc is that it can be used as regular drive storage, something like floppy disk but with huge capacity (4.7 GB). All you need is DVD recorder that supports DVD-RAM (most new ones).
Follow these simple steps to start using DVD-RAM under Windows XP.

First you need to disable Windows XP built in CD writing.
Double click on “My Computer” icon on your desktop. Find your DVD recorder in the list, right click on it and select “Properties”.

Select dvd recorder properties
In Properties window, clear “Enable CD recording on this drive” box. This will disable Windows XP built in CD recording “feature”. Click OK.
DVD recorder properties
Insert DVD-RAM disc in your DVD recorder.

Now you need to format DVD ram. Again, right click on your DVD recorder icon in “My Computer” window and click on “Format”.

Format DVD-RAM disc

Format window will appear. For “Volume label” you can put whatever you want.

Format

When you click “Start” button, system will warn you that all data on disc will be erased. Click OK to continue.

Formating can take considerable amount of time. On 5x discs with recorder that supports 5x or higher speed, it will take around 15 minutes. On slower discs it can take up to 45 minutes.

After formating, you can use your DVD-RAM disc as regular floppy disc. You can write, read and delete files with Windows Explorer or any other file manager.

Writing to DVD-RAM disc is slower that writing to standard DVD+-R disc. This is not only because DVD-RAM are usualy only 5x (12x are appearing now), but also hardware data verification is enabled by default. This cuts writing speed in half.

More Information: [Removing DVD-RAM disc from cartridge->removing-dvd-ram-disc-from-cartridge]

33 thoughts on “Using DVD-RAM disc under Windows XP”

  1. nice info, thanks. so you have to cancel the enable cd writing at cd properties.

    i really thought before that DVD RAM is the same thing like the RAM hardware in your PC (imagine 4.7 GB of RAM!). now i am not as ignorant as before.

  2. I was glad to find tis info- microsoft are somewhat silent on the subject. I wasn\’t aware that discs required formatting before I read this.

    However, I disabled the CD writing as per instructions, but when I try to format I get error message \

  3. I have lost the ability to use UDF formatted (RAM) discs like a floppy disc copying files directly to the disc.

    I have also discovered that when I right click the CD/DVD-ROM icon the “Format” option is missing, and when I go into properties to alter the auto play actions, “Blank Disc” is missing from the list.

    Are They Related? More importantly, how do I correct the problem?

    I have unchecked “Enable CD Recording On This Drive” in the Recording Tab, but still no luck.

  4. I have also discovered that when I right click the CD/DVD-ROM icon the “Format” option is missing…how do I correct the problem? Thanks,Al

  5. Brilliant! Thank you for the info. None of the other help websites provided this information. I am happy that everything works.

  6. When inserted aDVD RAM (Verbatim DVD-RAM live it) the error message Windows can not formate/read the disk is been displayed. What is the reason.
    Thanks in advanc

  7. I am always having trouble with DVD-RAM. As I write I have put a DVD-RAM disk into the Sony DVD-RAM drive. As before, when I put the DVD-RAM disk in the previous LG and Mad Dog DVD-RAM drive the DVD drive stated to blink continuously and then the computer would crash and/or My Computer would stop responding.
    The first disk I formatted took about 10 minutes. The second is taking over two hours and shows no signs of stopping. I\’m sure if I try to close it or stop it the computer will crash, freeze, blue screen or whatever.
    So I am not able to get consistancy with DVD-RAM disks.
    Any help would be welcome.

  8. I am always having trouble with DVD-RAM. As I write I have put a DVD-RAM disk into the Sony DVD-RAM drive. As before, when I put the DVD-RAM disk in the previous LG and Mad Dog DVD-RAM drive the DVD drive stated to blink continuously and then the computer would crash and/or My Computer would stop responding.
    The first disk I formatted took about 10 minutes. The second is taking over two hours and shows no signs of stopping. I\\\’m sure if I try to close it or stop it the computer will crash, freeze, blue screen or whatever.
    So I am not able to get consistancy with DVD-RAM disks.
    Any help would be welcome.

  9. I am having trouble reading my DVD-RAM disks. The properties show the disk as being full, yet nothing appears in My computer once I am on the DVD drive window. I cannot format these disks and I suspect I recorded on them without formatting first. Nero or Roxio will not clear, format or erase these disks. How can I read these disks or clear or format them so I can use them once again?

  10. Thanks for the solution as I bought a Liteon drive for my notebook and YOU Have solved the problem: The only thing is that I tried a full format first this failed but when I ticked quick format everything worked fine.

    You need to fast format (leave ticked)

    Great

  11. There are drivers out there for the DVD Ram use that allows you to format in UDF. We use them all the time in our recorders for archiving. We recently switched to the single disk RAM drives and have had issues with the writing to the disks after it reaches 65%. We get a Windows error saying it’s unable to write to the disk and it pops up with a window giving you the option to continue or try again or cancel. If you click on continue or try again it starts archiving again but it is real slow. Has anyone else experience this? I’ve tried 2 different brand drives and they both do it.

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