How to Erase Data on a DVD-R

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How to Erase Data on a DVD-R
DVD-R data can be erased by destroying the disc (cd image by Pali A from

Data that has been burnt onto a DVD-R disc is permanently stored on that disc. Due to its unique characteristics (specifically the disc's dye), data cannot be erased on a computer, as with a DVD-RW disc. However, if you need data removed from a DVD-R disc, the only way to complete this task is to destroy the disc. This can be done by scratching the disc until it is no longer readable.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • DVD Player
  • Computer
  • DVD-R disc

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    Erasing Data from a DVD-R

  1. 1

    Take a screwdriver, or other similar sharp object, and scratch the top and bottom of the DVD-R thoroughly.

  2. 2

    Test that the data has been erased by inserting into a DVD player or a DVD drive in a computer. If the disc plays, eject and scratch the disc again.

  3. 3

    Continue to test in a DVD player or computer DVD drive until the disc is no longer playable. Discard the now useless disc.

Tips and warnings

  • To record data on a DVD disc that can be erased later, be sure to use a DVD-RW disc instead of a DVD-R disc.
  • Be careful when using a screwdriver or other sharp objects, as the possibility of slipping on the disc and stabbing yourself exists.

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