How to Delete Files off a CD


For whatever reason at one time or another you may want to delete some or all the files off of a CD. This might be just a clean up or you might be making room or only using the CD as a temporary transport for the files. Either way it is easy to remove the files from your CD. You must have a CD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, or a DVD-RW CD any others do not allow for files to be deleted once they are written to the CD.

Things You'll Need

  • computer
  • writeable & eraseable CD
  • Start by putting the CD you want to clean into the correct drive. Click start and look for the computer icon. Double click it and this should open a new window. Ones you highlight the drive that the disc is in then you should be able to click on the "erase this disc" option on the toolbar.

  • To remove only one file from your disk the steps are a little different. Click start and navigate to computer again. Double click it to open the new window and then double click the icon for the drive that has your CD in it. This will open a window with a list of all the files on your disk. Highlight the one that you want to remove and hit the delete key on your keyboard. It may ask you for confirmation that it is the file that you want to get rid of. Click ok and the file will be deleted.

  • The other option that you have is a time saver. Rather then clicking each file and then delete to remove more then one but not all the files there is a shorter way. Click the file that you want to remove and then hold shift while you click any others. This allows you to highlight them all at once and then you can hit the delete button once to remove the files. This action might also ask you for confirmation that you want to delete but instead of an individual file name it will say the number of files that it is going to delete.

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