My Lite-Ons don't do it. They require a "format" command from the computer and some IDE controllers don't support the command. There have been many threads here about this problem.
I ran into the problem when I used an old Promise PCI tx2plus SATA/PATA controller. But many have had this problem with new computers using the JMicron controller.
I don't know the details of the problem but the symptoms are hard to miss. When using some controllers, and some external enclosures also, I am unable to burn a new DVD+RW. Discs that have already been burned are no problem. Just new ones.
If you burn a new DVD+RW with Nero Burning ROM, you will see the formatting operation logged on the screen. If you have a controller that doesn't allow it, you will see the error.
I just burned a new DVD+RW with Nero. Here's a screen shot of the burn, and an excerpt from the log. This was a successful burn. If you make it worth my while, I'll put the old <expletive deleted> Promise controller back in to my machine and show you the failure.