unable to use Disc Utility to erase CD-RWs

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by pilkmeister, Mar 28, 2004.

  1. pilkmeister macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2004
    I've been trying w/no success to clear/erase CD-RWs using Apple's
    Disc Utility (OS 10.3.3). The discs indeed appear in the Disk Utility tree as
    CD-RWs but then under the write status as "read only".
    I've tried to erase several different discs but either don't even get the "Erase" button activated or get the following error when I start the erase process:
    "Optical Erase failed
    Optical Erase Failed with the error:
    Whole disk required, slice passed"
    Any suggestions? I would rather not buy specific 3rd-party software to
    erase CDs/DVDs but if I must what software do you recommend?

  2. klojewski macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2004
    In the Disk Utility, on the left side, select the icon for the DVD drive, not the disk.

    In Disk Utility, two DVD icons appear. The top one has the name of the drive manufacturer (Pioneer in my case), and the other icon has the name of the DVD that you want to erase. If you select the second icon, you get the error, or no option to erase. If you select the first icon, all should be well.
  3. jimsowden macrumors 68000


    Sep 6, 2003
    RW is so lame. just either get a spindle or an HD.

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