CD-R


  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #1

    CD-R


    Not sure if I should post this here but how would I format a write-protected CD-R on windows 10 every method I tried failed?
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  2. Posts : 22,756
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4123 (x64) [22H2]
       #2

    @Usanami101


    If it's write protected, you can't erase it.
    If you want a CD that can be re-used you would need some CD-RW.
    Same with DVD for that matter. DVD-RW



    How to Format a CDFS | It Still Works

    The CD-R disc you are trying to format must be blank. If the CD is not blank, formatting will not be available. Do not abort the formatting process once it has begun. Aborting will only result in incompletion of the process. As a result, you will have to start over, and none of the formatting progress will be stored. Do not remove the disc, once it is formatted. Whatever action you desire to take for the disc should be conducted while it is in the computer. Otherwise, the formatting process will be null and void.
    The Compact Disc File System (CDFS) is the file formatting system used by optical disc media to designate a compact disc (CD). All CDs, whether audio, video or data, are all formatted in a type of CDFS. If you want to format that file system and remove the data on the disc, you can do so if the disc is a CD-ReWritable (CD-RW). CD-RWs are a special type of compact disc that allow you to write, erase, and rewrite content to them at will. You can format the contents of a CDFS on a CD-RW using Windows.
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  3. Posts : 2,585
    Win 11
       #3

    CD-RW and packet writing (what is used with an RW) are the least reliable. known to lose data and/or format. If you plan on using RW media, do not have your only copy of data on the RW. This used to be a hot issue on the Dell forums. Apparently most have abandoned this method (and CD's are becoming a thing of the past) as the problem reports about this have dried up.
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  4. Posts : 4,453
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708
       #4

    To what purpose?

    If you're doing it to erase the CD, I suggest shredding it instead. (My home shredder cheerfully eats CDs.)
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  5. Posts : 22,756
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4123 (x64) [22H2]
       #5

    bobkn said:
    To what purpose?

    If you're doing it to erase the CD, I suggest shredding it instead. (My home shredder cheerfully eats CDs.)


    You could use this method...



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  6. Posts : 16,592
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4046
       #6

    Usanami101 said:
    Not sure if I should post this here but how would I format a write-protected CD-R on windows 10 every method I tried failed?
    If it has been written to {& finalised***} once already then it cannot be formatted or written to again. That's how CD-Rs are supposed to behave.
    If it has never been written to then I suggest that either the disk or the disk writer is defective.

    Do consider switching to external hard drives & memory sticks instead. They are reliable & versatile.


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    *** as pointed out helpfully by MisterEd below
    Last edited by Try3; 13 Mar 2021 at 00:06.
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  7. Posts : 2,150
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v22H2
       #7

    Most CD-Rs when writing is done are finalized so no more writing can be done on them.

    However, with the proper software you can start by creating a Multiple session CD-R disc. When you are done writing you purposely don't finalize it. During later times you can write mores data sessions) to it. When are finally done adding data to it you then finalize the disc so no more data can be added to it. Let me emphasize you still cannot overwrite data on that type of disc. You can only add new data where none was written before.
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