Disk contains data RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a new box of 'DVD + RW's all formatted and ready to backup my hard drive and it tells me something like: Disk contains data.  What is going on?  I have read that you need to use new unformatted DVDs only.  I am sorry but I am incredulous.

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 12:47 PM


All replies

  • See this Microsoft Knowledge Base article on troubleshooting backup errors - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943774/en-us

    If you are unable to resolve the issue please contact support. How to reach support - http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2421771&SiteID=2

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 5:24 PM
  • "Formatted" is the key word here. CD and DVD blanks should not be formatted as this would only be valid for packet writing software such as InCD or DirectCD that come with Nero and Roxio, respectively. If you have either of these installed or a similar product that format blank CD/DVD media and allows you to write to them as if they are floppy or hard disks, you need to remove that application.

    OneCare can write to RW media, but usually not erased/reused discs. You are better off using the much cheaper write-once media both for cost and for reliability.


    Monday, August 11, 2008 4:37 PM