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Maxell BD-RE came pre-formatted!

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I received a single item, sealed in plastic Maxell BD-RE in a slim case.  It came pre-formatted!  :o  It's the first rewritable optical disc I can think of I ever received that came pre-formatted.  In the old days, they used to, eventually, ship floppy disks pre-formatted.  But, never any optical discs.  No CD-RW, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, BD-RE or BD-RE DL.  It's always been somewhat of a pain.  They have to be formatted in order to use.  They eventually started shipping floppy disks pre-formatted so why not optical discs?  I can remember back in 1991 when boxes of floppy disks had to be formatted.  I'd use multiple PC's in high school after class to format all 10 disks in the box at the same time.

 

 

This BD-RE was still sealed.  It hadn't been opened, formatted, and resealed.  It still had its holder glued to it to put on a peg in a store so it seems unlikely that this disc was removed from its packaging, formatted, and resealed, so it came from the factory pre-formatted.

 

 

Points to Maxell.  They not only pre-formatted the disc but it wasn't typical CMC junk like from Verbatim and TDK.  It was MEI, which is Panasonic.  Panasonic might have made some lousy DVD burners but they generally made good quality DVD-R.  I've got DVD-R from Panasonic that were written in 2002 that are still readable today.  So, I have high hopes that this Panasonic MEI BD-RE will be of good quality, too.

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