Formatting The Rest Of Your Disc After Restart?

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  1.    07 Jul 2016 #1

    Formatting The Rest Of Your Disc After Restart?

    Whenever I format a DVD in my drive, upon restart of my computer, if the disc is still in the drive, it always states 'formatting the rest of your disc'...Why?? Never understood it. Even though it's already formatted it prior. Upon restart, it's clearly doing something, as the lights on, on the disc-drive. Why does it do it on re-start, anyone know??
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  2.    07 Jul 2016 #2

    I'm confused as to what you mean by formatting a DVD?
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  3.    07 Jul 2016 #3

    A DVD-RW disc. If I put something onto it, I can erase and format the DVD to free it up.
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  4.    07 Jul 2016 #4

    Hmmm, never heard that as formatting before. Anytime I've used RW discs, I'll erase them, and then burn something new or remove them.

    When you restart, and you get this message, is it before or after you log in?
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  5.    07 Jul 2016 #5

    Yep, I've used DVD and CD RWs. Two choices if PC "asks" [I can't remember the wording]: format or erase; it's something to do with what will the CD or DVD be used for. Depending upon whether I'm going to Explorer copy/move folders and files OR create an audio CD or video DVD, determines format or erase respectively. Now, why your computer is still finishing formatting after a restart, I don't know.
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  6.    07 Jul 2016 #6

    Soon as Windows boots up pretty much. A message comes up at the bottom of the screen near the clock. It isn't important. Just wondering why it seems to finish off formatting the disc or whatever it's doing, when I already previously formatted via right clicking on the disc drive on 'My computer'/ 'This PC'. Lol.
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  7.    07 Jul 2016 #7

    I asked the question somewhere else. Someone thought it might be the drive reading the disc during startup, to see if it isn't a bootable media disc or something. Just wondered if anyone else had the same thing happening, too.
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       07 Jul 2016 #8

    Someone thought it might be the drive reading the disc during startup, to see if it isn't a bootable media disc or something. Just wondered if anyone else had the same thing happening, too.
    If the BIOS is set to boot to the ODD/Optical Disc Drive first, that would occur. Same sometimes happens with External USB HDDs, does make for longer boot times. Windows likes to check all its options.
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  9.    07 Jul 2016 #9

    Yeah. I have my hard-drive as the primary/boot priority though, over any DVD drives etc.
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  10.    07 Jul 2016 #10

    For desktops, I recommend having BIOS order: usb flash drives, usb HDs, CD-DVD external, CD-DVD internal, internal HD C. Same order for laptops, except, one normally cannot have a nonSystem usb flash drive in any usb port during boot process. Makes for longer boot, however, at least I can intercept C-boot/startup if I need to troubleshoot "before Windows."

    Addendum: Let me amend this post: my boot order is aimed only at fellow geeks who are comfortable with tweaking computer boots/Windows startup. Everyone else is better served with whatever boot/startup rolled off the factory floor.
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