How to Erase a CD-RW in Windows 7

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A CD-RW is a rewritable CD that allows you to burn files to the CD, then erase the disc when you're finished with the files. This allows you to use the same CD-RW over and over again. Windows 7 provides two options for erasing CD-RWs. The first option deletes everything from the CD, while the second option allows you to delete only specific files from the CD-RW

Erase Entire Disc

  • Insert the CD-RW you want to erase. Click "Start," then "Computer."

  • Select your CD drive's icon under "Devices With Removable Storage," then click "Erase this disc" in the Windows Explorer toolbar.

  • Click "Next" on the "Ready to erase disc" window to erase the CD-RW. Click "Finish" when the process completes to close the window.

Erase Specific Files

  • Insert the CD-RW, then click "Start" and "Computer."

  • Double-click your CD drive under "Devices With Removable Storage." Click the file you want to erase, or hold down the "Ctrl" key and click on multiple files.

  • Press "Delete" to erase the files from your CD-RW.

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