Formatting Optical Media

Genie Backup Manager (GBM) comes with a CD/DVD formatting tool that can perform both quick erase and full disc format.

This feature can only be used with re-writable optical media.

  • New blank discs need not be formatted before using them with GBM. However, if the disk has been written to previously using a packet writing software then it needs a full format before GBM can use it for backup.
  • When using packet writing, make sure the disc you wish to backup to has been formatted using the third party packet writing software.


Setting a backup job to automatically erase CD/DVD discs before backup:

  1. From the left navigation menu in the backup wizard select Where to Backup.
  2. Select CD/DVD/Blu-ray media option.
  3. Make sure the Automatically erase disc before backup option is selected.

Automatic disc erase uses quick erase, not full format.


Manually erasing CD/DVD discs:

  1. From the Toolbar of GBM software, click Tools → Format Re-Writable CD/DVD/Blu-ray….
  2. Select the drive letter of the recorder containing the disk you wish to erase.
  3. Select one of the following options:
    • Quick Format: Quickly delete the contents of the disk (takes around 1-2 minutes to complete)
    • Format: Fully format disc (might take around 30 minutes or more to complete).

Quick erasing re-writable disks might render them ’r;stubborn’ after a number of erases, it is recommended to perform a format every 7-10 quick erase sessions to revitalize the disk.

APPLIES TO: Genie Backup Manager (GBM)