Record over a CD-RW

How do I record over a CD-RW? I tried to record over it, but that didn’t work it says to make it a blank CD first.

We all know the difference between a CD-R and a CD-RW right? Once you fill up a CD-R, that’s it, but a CD-RW allows you to re-write data and use the disk over and over again.

Keep in mind, though, that unlike a floppy or Zip disk, you cannot erase just one file from a CD-RW, but must reformat the entire disk to re-use it. The disk makers claim you can do this up to 1000 times (like any of us are gonna try it 😉

The process for reformatting varies according to your CD burning software, but most programs will have an “Erase Disk” button somewhere.

In addition, as we often mention, Windows XP and Vista have built-in CD burning. If you put in a CD-RW that you want erased, double-click the CD recording drive, then under “CD Writing Tasks”, click “Erase this CD-RW”. The CD Writing Wizard will walk you through an easy 2-step process giving you a blank CD-RW to use.

REMEMBER: This will delete all files from the CD-RW, you cannot erase single files. There are, however, products out there that make your CD-RW’s act like really big floppies.

Oh, did I mention that this tip also applies to DVD-Rs? Well, it does!

~ David

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