How to Delete Music from a CD

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How to Delete Music from a CD
Rewritable CDs allow you to erase their contents easily. (cd on cd image by Stephen Kirkby from

Do you want to get rid of some of the mixed music you have on disc? Are you trying to conserve resources by reusing a CD? Whatever your reasons for wanting to delete music from a CD, it is only possible with a rewritable disc, or a CD-RW. The music burnt onto a CD-R is there permenantly.

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  • Rewritable compact discs

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  1. 1

    Make sure that the CD you want to reuse is a rewritable CD. Check the label for the letters "CD-RW." According to the Optical Storage Technology Association, if it's a CD-R, you cannot erase the contents once this disc hasbeen burnt. (See References 1)

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    Insert the CD into the disc drive of your computer. Once your computer reads the disc, a list of program options will pop up automatically. Click on "Open to View Files in the Folder," which will automatically take you to the files that are currently burnt onto the CD.

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    Highlight the files that you want to delete and then hit the delete button on your keyboard or click "Erase Disc Files" on the screen. The system will ask you if you're sure that you want to delete the contents. Double check your selections, then confirm that you want to permanently remove these files.

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    When the computer is finished erasing the contents of the disc, it will let you know and prompt you to press the "OK" button. Once you do, the disc will pop out automatically. You can use it again immediately or store it for later use.

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