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I need to make a Windows 7 recovery disk. The problem is that I've only got one DVD lying around the house free to use. It's got a Ubuntu 10 Wubi installation in it which my uncle gave to me ages ago. I should be able to erase everything on it, but I receive a message similar to Cannot rewrite disk. Also, there is no link on the toolbar in Windows Explorer, plus burning it comes with the same results. On My Computer it's registered as DVD RW Drive (E:) Install Ubuntu and it's storage written below, followed with CDFS.

Am I missing anything?

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Just because the drive is a ReWriteable doesn't mean the disc is. – LawrenceC Jun 7 '12 at 15:13
What kind of disk are you using? DVD+RW or DVD-RW? – Ramhound Jun 7 '12 at 15:13

Are you sure the DVD is rewriteable? Some DVD's have the label "DVD-R" and have a small "RW" logo underneath it but it's NOT a rewriteable DVD.

If you have an USB stick lying around, you could also use that.

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I'm not sure how to check, but I'm just a bit baffled because the DVD seems to be a clean disk you can buy in the local store and my uncle just put Ubuntu on it. Probably so I guess though, thanks for making it clear. I have a USB, been trying to use tutorials, but my damned CMD won't work... another question, heh. – Matt Jun 7 '12 at 15:14
The disk you are trying to use is a DVD-R/DVD+R which can only be written to once. Go out and purchase a DVD+RW/DVD-RW disk. – Ramhound Jun 7 '12 at 15:18

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