The discs are Verbatim, the same brand as before. I was formatting as FAT32 via XP. All I had to do was attempt to drop a file into the drive icon and, if the disc was new, a dialog would appear allowing me to format the disc. The drive didn't come with any software but I have tried both Deepburner Free and CD Burner XP Pro, neither of which seem to allow it to recognise DVD RAM discs. I have 3 formatted discs which still work fine.