Solved how do I delete things on a C.D?

July 24, 2014 at 15:17:33
Specs: Windows xp, 2 GB Ram
I had put 3 pictures on each C.D. not knowing that the CD would hold tons of pictures.
Now I would like to delete the pictures from those, so I can put other things on them.
Also, If I put something on a CD then later want to add more things to the same CD can I do that? or will it go over and erase what is already on it? Nicki

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#1
July 24, 2014 at 15:49:04
Adding pictures will not erase anything.

However we need to know if it is a CD-R or a CD-RW as it makes a big difference.

If it is a CD-RW you can add and remove files until such time as the disk wears out.

If it is a CD-R although you can delete files they are actually only made invisible so you regain no space. You can add files to a CD-R provided it has been left "open" (multi-session).

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#2
July 24, 2014 at 16:13:02
Hi Derek:
they are CD-RW , a while back I had asked about putting pictures on a CD and was told that they would hold hundreds of pictures. so I put over 85 on another CD,
so the CD's that I had only put 3 pictures on, I would like to erase. now my question is HOW do I remove things on it? I think it is called reformat, but not sure.
You can see that I don't know very much about these things so I appreciate all the help I have been getting here. nicki

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#3
July 24, 2014 at 16:32:24
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With CD-RW you are fine to remove them and retrieve the space. How many pictures the disk will hold depends on their file sizes but we might be talking about around 300. You'll find out when it stops you adding any more.

How you remove them depends a bit on how you put them on and which program you used, if any. Best way forward is to insert the disk and then go to "My Computer" and find the CD drive. If you double click it and can see the three picture files then you could just try right clicking one and seeing if you can Delete them one by one.

Otherwise if you right click the drive you can try "Quick Erase", or if all else fails you can resort to "Format" which takes a little longer (both should appear on the drop-down).

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#4
July 24, 2014 at 18:18:47
Just to add, be very careful with important pictures. If you have pictures that irreplaceable, write them to a CD-R disc and finalize it. CD-RW discs only have so many read/write cycles. And I have also seen issues with using CD-R discs and multi session. There have been times where writing the last session will mess up the Table Of Contents on the CD and all you will see is the last session and nothing previous.

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#5
July 24, 2014 at 23:17:32
Or, ya know, just buy some new disks.

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#6
July 25, 2014 at 09:35:52
My response at #3 was a simplified overview in the hope that you could fix your issue quickly. Below is a little more which should help your understanding. You might just prefer to jump to the final XP link (Deleting) at the end of this response:

There are two ways to write to a CD-RW.

One is "on the fly", which means you simply copy/paste the files onto the disk in the same way as you would with a USB flash drive. This requires that you first format the disk for use in this fashion. Formatting allocates writing areas and removes any files that happen to be present. You can then simply add and delete files from it in the same way as you do for any other files on the computer. This only applies if you have an "on the fly" writing feature available. If you use Erase (from My Computer) then formatting is also removed.

The other way is to use "disk-at-once" for your CD writing. This does not require the disk to be formatted first. If you used a third party program this gives you a screen upon which you enter the files you want added (either browse for them or drag and drop - depends on program). You use the same program to delete any unwanted files.

As you were unsure about format then it is about certain you used "disk-at-once" so I have therefore "struck out" my mention of format in #3 (last line). Erase should do the trick for you (which can also be used to "un-format" a CD-RW disk).

The above is very general. Here is the info for XP in particular (including the use of "send-to" which you might have used):
Writing:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/279157
Deleting:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306641

Hope all this helps rather than adding to the confusion.

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#7
July 25, 2014 at 14:22:34
Hi Derek:
The way I put them onto the CD was, I right- clicked onto the picture and then clicked "send to" where I had a choice of floppie (A) DVD-RW (D) or Removable DIsc (E) and I clicked onto DVD-RW and put 3 on each CD, I made about 12 or 14 with only 3 pictures each, then came here and was told that the CD's would hold hundreds, so then I went to the picture folder that I had all the pictures on, clicked onto DVD-RW and they all popped up on the CD. so now I want to get the other 12-14 CD's back so I can use them on something else. (without having to buy more as I was told by another member)
Thanks for your help. Nicki

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#8
July 25, 2014 at 14:55:58
I assume this issue is not yet solved(?)

Have you tried the last link of my #6?

If not try right clicking the CD icon in "My Computer" and see if there is an Erase option (which should remove all picture files on the CD).

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#9
July 25, 2014 at 16:10:34
If you can get the files deleted or the disks formatted that's great but when you can buy cd-r disks for 10 or 15 cents apiece in bulk I wouldn't waste much time trying to reuse r/w disks.

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#10
July 25, 2014 at 16:33:58
Further, CD-R are generally more reliable than CD-RW.

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