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Windows 7: Erasing a CD-RW disk

02 Feb 2012   #11

Windows 7 Pro

Again, thanks for all the suggestions. I installed ImgBurn and it worked just fine; now able to erase diskette and many other operations. Great program.

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02 Feb 2012   #12

Windows 7 32 bit

I don't even know how to turn the W7 burn options on and off because I've been using Imgburn for a few years. About the only stuff I don't burn with Imgburn is audio CDs. I like CDBurnerXP. The fact that CDBurnerXP also prints covers may be an influence though. :)
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02 Feb 2012   #13

Microsoft Windows 10 Home Build 15036

I just have to wonder, with the price of CD-R, R/W, etc. being so danged low, why would anyone wipe one? Burn the next one from a blank and move on.
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02 Feb 2012   #14

Windows 7 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PeaB4YouGo View Post
I just have to wonder, with the price of CD-R, R/W, etc. being so danged low, why would anyone wipe one? Burn the next one from a blank and move on.
DVD+RW comes in handy for DVD video test burns. Erasable CD I don't even use anymore. Using them for backup is pretty much a wasted effort. Just too unreliable. I suppose one use of erasable CD would be to test boot a boot image. Can't think of any other good reason.
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03 Feb 2012   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
I do use that erase function often instead of digging through the other programs.)
Since you mention using those programs, you'll see there's really no learning curve at all. The apps step you through the process using wizards. Very easy and user friendly.

Also, the built-in app has never worked on any computer or any OS more than 50 % of the time, for burns or erasing. That's the reason why the first response to these questions is to abandon the built-in crap and use something else. If it worked well, you can bet that Microsoft would have been sued. It should be removed altogether.
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21 Aug 2012   #16

windows 7 Ultimate x64

Posting ITT as I have the same problem as OP. The "erase disc" option or whatever was there like... last week. And now it's gone inexplicably. I usually use Foobar2k's write to disc option when burning CDRWs for the car and I used the erase disc menu option all the time. Would be way easier and/or less wasteful to just find out why it's not showing up instead of having to download a whole other program just to erase a disc. The built-in windows option was just so much easier and never gave me any problems until now.

Tried putting the same disc in a different computer and the "erase this disc" option is there, so it's not the CD.
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2 Weeks Ago   #17

Windows 10
Windows 10 CD-RW erasing

for me CDBurnerXP was not able to erase the disc, it produced an error. Also the Windows default option for right clicking the drive letter produced an error "there was a problem erasing this disc".
Then I installed IMGBurn and it worked right away. It erased the disc just fine and I was able to write new files to disc also.
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2 Weeks Ago   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86

JFWIW (just for whatever it's worth)

Years ago, I thought it would be neat to use RW disks for my Utilities that I take with me on all my PC service calls. So I could just erase them and renew them as my files change from time to time.

I didn't realize that an RW disk can only be read reliably on the drive that wrote it. So I gave away the last of my RW disks and now I only use CD-R or DVD+R disks. They are not so expensive that I can't toss the old ones and make new ones. Eh?

So if working with RW's is giving you problems, stop using them and only use the Single Use disks.

Happy Labor Day, Mates!
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