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dvd+rw-format(1) General Commands Manual dvd+rw-format(1)

dvd+rw-format - format DVD+-RW/-RAM disk

dvd+rw-format [-force[=full]] [-lead-out | -blank[=full]] [-ssa[=none | default | max]] /dev/dvd

The dvd+rw-format command formats dvd disk in the specified dvd drive (e.g. /dev/dvd).

This forces to format dvd as new while wiping any existing data.
This blanks dvd while changing to sequential mode.
This relocates the lead-out next to outermost written sector as well as makes sure there is no virgin surface before it. Previously written data is not affected by this operation. Useful for addressing DVD-ROM compatibility, or playability of already recorded media in legacy units.

Most up-to-date information on dvd+rw-tools is available at

The manpage for genisofs(8), growisofs(1), dvd+rw-mediainfo(1), dvd+rw-booktype(1).

dvd+rw-format was written by Andy Polyakov <>. This manual page was written by Osamu Aoki <> for the Debian project.

September 2004