Try ImgBurn, a free program, which is good at formatting RW disks.
A DVD-R won't format since it's not RW.
"jj mac" <jj mac@xxxxxx> wrote in message
:I have an issue on my Gateway Laptop computer model MT6832B which has an
: Opiarc ad-7530a DVD RW drive. I also have the same issue on my DELL
: Dimension E520 with a TSST corp DVD+- RW TS -H653A drive. Both Computers
: running on Vista Home Premium Service Pack2
: My issue
: this. When I try to format either a Philips DVD+RW disk or a Panasonic
: disk, on either machine, after apparently going through the formatting
: procedure I get a message that Windows was unable to complete the format.
: is strange that the identical issue is found on both machines. Could
: be causing the issue? I would mention that I am able to format a CD-RW
: disk OK.
: Help to resolve this issue would be appreciated.
: JJ MacA