There seems to be a number of ways to erase a DVD+RW disc, and I’m not just referring to ‘quick/fast’ vs ‘full’. Here are just some of the methods that I’ve seen (certainly not a complete list):
Nero CD-DVD Speed: Erase (Quick Erase or Full Erase)
Nero CD-DVD Speed: Format (Quick Erase or Full Erase)
Nero Burning ROM: Quick-erase rewriteable disc
Nero Burning ROM: Full-erase rewriteable disc
DVDINFOPro: Fast Format (with or without Compatible Close)
DVDINFOPro: Full Format (with or without Restart)
I pretty much always use Nero Burning ROM Quick-erase, but I have also tried the other methods on occasion. Although I have never encountered a problem, I have noticed that DVDINFOPro reports different Media Information, specifically the BG Format Status. This BG format Status seems to vary depending on the Erase/Format method, and possibly the previous BG format Status.
Although I have never had a problem erasing a DVD+ROM, the fact that the BG Format Status value varies has me a little concerned. I’m also not sure what is meant by ‘format’. Previously, I understood ‘format’ to mean ‘packet format’ but I don’t think this is case here. Is there a reason for choosing ‘format’ over ‘erase’?
Can anyone shed some light here, or point me to a good explaination?