BD-RE virgin disc write pre-erasure in ImgBurn Support Posted April 6, 2018 · Edited April 6, 2018 by discuser If I remember correctly, even when the BD-RE disc I used wasn't virgin and might have already been pre-erased fully once before, I think Imgburn still runs the full erase procedure prior to writing to such a disc. This is what's frustrating about it. So it seems that regardless, the full erasure procedure appears to be unconditional, unless you are sure that in your own personal experience with Imgburn, that it bothers to detect whether a disc is empty or not. I have a BD-RE that was previously fully erased by Imgburn and I fully re-erased it again under Nero, after which DISC INFO in Nero Burning-ROM says that it is empty with no written sessions. I'm going to guess that when I write to this disc with Imgburn, it may re-run the full erasure again. I would imagine that the extra unnecessary erasure passes with Imgburn would also use up available erasure cycles of the disc, thus possibly shortening the available erasure cycles on a RW/RE disc. In the past I have noticed that Nero performs a quick format on the fly on virgin DVD+RW / DVD-RW media. I don't remember if the same is done for BD-RE media. I will have to pay attention to it next time I write BD-REs with Nero. For now I think I will continue to use Nero for writing to BD-RE media that is 50 GB or smaller. However, this is a concern going forward with BD-RE-TL discs because a full erasure cycle will take hours on such discs as I will need to either use Imgburn for BD-RE-TL or upgrade to a new version of Nero that supports BD-XL media.