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I can not erase my cdrw or my dvdrw
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March 3, 2012 - 2:00 pm
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HIiiiiii  Jim matey

I dont know what happened but the files say read only. I went to properties and tried to  fix it but I did not.

Could you please give me  your usual  baby steps  good advice so I can write on my dvdrw  etcl

Thankkkkkkkkkk  you


Jim Hillier
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March 3, 2012 - 7:36 pm
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Hey Ema - Most likely you 'finalized' the discs. During the burning process, generally at the end, there will be options to either 'finalize' the disc or leave the session open.

Finalizing a disc means it can then generally be read using any disc player but also cannot be re-used. Leaving the session open will considerably reduce compatibility (e.g. music discs will not work with a CD player) but also means you can re-use the disc.

Other reasons may be: Inferior quality discs, scratched or damaged discs, dirty lens in the optical drive.

Try burning a new blank cdrw/dvdrw and make sure you do NOT finalize the disc. See if you can then erase/re-use it.


Mike Conroy
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March 3, 2012 - 10:59 pm
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Hi Ema and Jim,
Let me give an opinion here...
CD-R, CD+R, DVD-R and DVD+R once finalized, their content is permanent. Before they are finalized they can be added to until capacity is reached, then they must be finalized for compatibility with many players.

On the other hand if the media is CD-RW, CD+RW, DVD-RW or DVD+RW you merely need to open My Computer and right click on the drive containing RW media and choose "format".



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March 5, 2012 - 10:03 pm
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And NOT all burning programs give you that option to finalize the disk.  Some do it automatically for you as they install the files, Mindblower!

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