InCD has always been an optional component, so it's easy to install Nero without InCD. And it's also easy to get rid of it without formatting the HDD
CD/DVD burning software. ImgBurn, CDburnerXP. Also check the accessories that came with our computer, Dell loves to ship Roxio software.
Also, if this means anything, I insert a disk; the computer recognises it because some window appears asking me what I want to do (e.g play, open folders to view files, take no action, ect); I can't format the disk and when I look at the properies of the disk it has: "0 Bytes Used and 0 Bytes Free".
Windows (XP) can't deal with blank DVD media at all, so no worries.