Erasing a CD-R in Disk Utilities, Disabled?

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  1. NeekMarie macrumors newbie

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    For some reason when I'm trying to erase a CD in Disk Utilities, after clicking the "Erase" tab, every button under it is disabled. Including the "Erase" button. I tried various CD-R's, what's the deal? :mad:
     
  2. cal6n macrumors 68000

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    If you want to re-use optical media, I suggest you buy CD-RWs in future.
    :rolleyes:
     
  3. fishkorp macrumors 68020

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  4. NeekMarie thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. cube macrumors G5

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    You can't erase:

    -R
    +R
    -ROM

    You can erase:

    -RW
    +RW
    -RE
    -RAM
     
  6. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    Not if it's a CD-R/DVD-R. CD-Rs are WORM media (Write Once, Read Many), no matter how hard you try or want to you cannot erase it using a CD drive once it's written. A CD-RW, on the otherhand, can be erased and rewritten up until the media fails.
     
  7. justaregularjoe macrumors 6502

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    ...no, it didn't, unless you had been using CD RWs
     
  8. njl macrumors regular

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    LOL
     
  9. cal6n macrumors 68000

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    [​IMG]
     
  10. NeekMarie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ohhh,
    then that must've been it. guess i never noticed the extra W.
    woops
     
  11. NeekMarie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll never seem to understand why people are so sarcastically rude online.
     
  12. cal6n macrumors 68000

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    That post wasn't sarcastically rude.

    I was just hugely impressed that anyone found the time to be able to erase 1,000,000 CD-Rs in one lifetime.







    (This post, on the other hand, is sarcastically rude!)
     
  13. justaregularjoe macrumors 6502

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    It is the internet. People get to do and say whatever they want without any repercussions. Just ignore it if you think it is rude. But that pic is hilarious. Just try to see the happies coming out of the relaxed of us 'net users.
     
  14. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I've always been able to erase any CD or DVD by the simple expedient of stuffing it into the shredder. It absolutely cannot be used after erased like that.
     
  15. yg17 macrumors G5

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    After a long day at work, seeing the O RLY owl made me laugh, how could that possibly be rude? :D

    Yeah, the only way to erase a CD-R is to put it in the shredder. Or maybe in a fire. But you're not going to be able to write to it again.
     

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