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How to Erase & Reuse a CD-R Disc

Updated February 21, 2017

As long as your CD-R disc hasn't been finalised, you can erase it and reuse it the same way you could a standard CD-RW disc. The finalisation process is what makes it impossible to reuse a CD-R after its been recorded to, and so long as that hasn't actually happened yet (usually the "finalize" box is checked during burning), you can continue to record data to a disc as often as you'd like.

Insert your CD-R disc in the computer CD burner drive.

Click "Start."

Click "Computer."

Right-click on the circular CD-R disc icon.

Click "Erase." If the CD-R disc hasn't been finalised, your operating system will erase the contents of the disc, allowing you to use it again. If the disc has been finalised, a message will pop up on screen telling you the command cannot be completed.

Things You'll Need

  • CD-R
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Stephen Lilley is a freelance writer who hopes to one day make a career writing for film and television. His articles have appeared on a variety of websites. Lilley holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and video production from the University of Toledo in Ohio.