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Windows 7: How to Erase a Rewritable CD / DVD Disc

by Shivaranjan on June 6, 2009


Rewritable CD and DVD discs are used by us on day to day basis for various needs. To reuse a rewritable CD or DVD we would have to erase the disc prior to use if the previous session was closed, most of use the third party utility softwares to erase the CD or DVD. In this post we shall discuss how this can be done in Windows 7 without the need for any third party software.

How to Erase a Rewritable CD / DVD Disc in Windows 7

1. Open My Computer and choose the CD/DVD burner in which you have loaded the rewritable CD/DVD. Now right click and that drive and select the ‘Erase this disc’ this option.


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2. Now the this Windows 7 will ask for your confirmation to erase the rewritable disc and start the disc erasing process



The rewritable CD/DVD disc will be erased in a couple of minutes. That’s it now reuse the rewritable disc for your data needs.

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steven cheek September 4, 2012 at 6:10 am

my toshiba is 8 mos old (4 mos in pawn) with windows 7 home premium. I came here to find out how to “ERASE A CD-R” AND there is no possible way to do this onmy computer. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE THE PROBLEM???

Unknown December 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm

When I right click ,(the first step) it doesn’t say “erase this disc”. What should I do?

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When I right click on CD DVD disc my only options are Format, Eject, Close Session, Copy. Erase this disc is not listed.

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