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  1. puterjunkie4ever

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    I researched some info on how to delete a cd-rw. I was told to put in the disk and right click the files and select delete. A message comes up and says I cannot delete the files because it is read-only. How can I get files off of the cd-rw disk so that I can put more on. Please help.
     
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    I have tried what you have said. Microsoft says that not all cd-rw can be erased and I think I might have one that cannot be erased. I still have some space on the disk so somehow I will try to use it.
     
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    i think that meant not ALL cds can be erased - ie CD-R
    but all CD-RW should be
     
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    All CD-RW disks can be erased. You don't delete the files. You erase the disk. Different processes.
     
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    @etaf....If that is true and I've followed what has been told to me, then I SHOULD be able to erase the cd-rw, but I can't. Don't really understand why. I would think that you could do. I've followed the info and get the message that I can't erase because it is read-only. It's not a CD-R...It's CD-RW.
     
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    You can install DeepBurner (free edition). It has an ERASE feature.
     
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    often PCs have a writer program included - do have anything at all - like roxio, nero, sonic - have a look under programs and then under the manufacturer name
    that will have an erase function
     
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    Try Formatting the disk.
     
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    dustyjay....how do i format the disk?
     
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    Go to Administrative tools-computer management-disk management with the disc in the drive, right click on it and select format. it will give the defaults for a cdrw uncheck quick format then select ok.
     
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    @dustyjay....I think that did it....It doesn't seem like anything is on the disk.
     
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    When you formatted it it became a blank, usable cd-rw. It works for DVD rw discs as well.
     
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    @dustyjay.....i did run into a little problem when i was suppose to right click disk management....didn't say format.....i have xp....and did something and it worked. again thanks
     
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