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Windows 7: How do I remove the write protection off of a DVD-R

13 Sep 2014   #1
ACMDogfight1997

Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
 
 
How do I remove the write protection off of a DVD-R

Several months ago, I burned 4 ISO images onto DVD's with a program called PowerISO PowerISO - Create, Burn, Mount, Edit, Compress, Encrypt, Split, Extract ISO file, ISO/BIN converter, Virtual Drive. Upon my discoveries recently, I realized the sizes of the ISO images were intended to be burned on CD's, not DVD's. I investigated if I could format them, but two problems have showed up in discovery:

1.) When I attempt to format the DVD's, I get a message saying that I can't because they are write-protected.

2.) The DVD's are DVD-R's, a format of DVD that cannot be rewritten.

I have looked online to see if there were any forums on how to remove write-protection on DVD-R's and so far, the only forums I've seen were how to remove it on the specific storage format or OS was that it can be only be possible is if I do it before I burn the files onto the disc.

Even though I used DVD-R's, the write-protection message only appears on the DVD's that I burned the image files onto via PowerISO, regardless of using DVD-R's and not DVD-RW's (a format of DVD that can be rewritten.)

From my knowledge, it appears that I can format DVD-R's that did not have image files burned via PowerISO. Therefore, it has to be related to the image files.

If anybody knows how I can remove the write protection off of the DVD-R's with the files extracted from the image file so I can format them, that would be of great help. Otherwise, I just wasted 18.8 GB of removable storage.


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13 Sep 2014   #2
whs
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13 Sep 2014   #3
ACMDogfight1997

Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Okay, well I don't know any "burn to disc" option on the right-hand side of the screen except for the one on the left-hand side which I don't know if it has any formatting options. If I move any file to the disc, it gives me a message saying "please insert a writable disc into the tray" and apparently the disc has no free space in properties so I don't know what to do. Could you tell me what to do?
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14 Sep 2014   #4
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Make sure the previous session was closed

Close or finalize a CD or DVD - Windows Help

A Guy
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14 Sep 2014   #5
ACMDogfight1997

Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

For those who don't know, I already have burned files onto the disc. There is literary no disk space available under properties so every time move a file to the disc, a message pops up saying "Please insert a writable disc into drive D:" with the disc tray automatically opening. I have unchecked both of the boxes in global settings in recording properties so the session automatically closes whenever I open the tray. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or I'm missing something that lets me do this but I'm stuck here.
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14 Sep 2014   #6
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

You can't re-use a DVD-R. It's possible to burn a multi session disk, where stuff can be added, but most writing software finalizes the DVD so it can't be added to. If the question is 'can I format a DVD-R and write different files to it', the answer is no.
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14 Sep 2014   #7
A Guy

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At this point I'd agree, everything you tell us says that disc will never change again. The space is filled, the disc is finalized, it is what it will always be. A Guy
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14 Sep 2014   #8
ACMDogfight1997

Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

That's fine, it'll be of some use until it decays. Thanks for your responses anyways!
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