Solved Which CD-R discs can I reformat and reuse

August 17, 2013 at 02:37:53
Specs: Windows 7
I recorded talking books, for my totally paralized friend, on to CD-R through iTunes but they have not played on my Boombox but will play on the computer. Can I re format these CD's and use them again as I have lost about 100 discs by obviously making mistakes - being no expert - and as thick as 2 short planks!!!. Are they re-usable or should I chuck them in the bin? AND if they are no use what CD's do you recommend for recording the books and then at a later date re-formatting and reusing again. I would be very grateful for your advice as I am new to this. Thank you so much.

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August 17, 2013 at 02:44:49
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You cannot reuse CD-Rs. You need CD-RWs. The good news is that CD blanks are very cheap, so even if you have 100 that are junk it doesn't represent a huge sum. However, many normal CD players cannot handle CD-RWs

But, before you throw them away, it may well be that you just need to "finalize" the CDs to make them playable on a normal CD player. This assumes that you have recorded them as music disks not as data disks with a collection of .mp3 files. Even in the latter case, many CD players can now play .mp3 disks.

You might want to review this link detailing how to burn various types of disk:

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August 17, 2013 at 02:46:18
Hi Gvin,

CD-R are not ReWritable. You can use CD-RW (Compact Disc-ReWritable).

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S

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August 17, 2013 at 03:20:28
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Thank you ijack for your very prompt reply and the full explanation - I do appreciate your help. SO - I will throw the discs away and forget I ever had them or made a mess of it and put it down to 'my' learning.

I will then start again and test each disc as I record it just to see that I am following the instructions to the letter.

Thank you again, so now I will go out to buy or look online for a load more discs. Gosh I never expected answers so quickly.

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August 17, 2013 at 03:24:50
Thank you DellManshuS for your helpful answer also. Very much appreciated.

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August 17, 2013 at 12:33:41
Be sure that the disks which won't play on your boombox don't
simply need to be "finalized" as ijack pointed out.

Before being finalized, though, even plain CD-R disks can be
edited to some extent. Mistakes can be deleted and new tracks
created to replace them. You just lose the space on the disk
taken up by the deleted tracks.

It appears that CDs can be recycled.

Going to that page made some download pop up a dialog box,
but I just cancelled the download and the page still worked fine.
The nearest recycling center it found was in Illinois, though, way
too far away from me to be practical. I'll recycle mine when a
local option shows itself.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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August 17, 2013 at 15:02:36
No point keeping CD-R's if they don't work properly. Some of the CD-RW's might be re-useable though.

There should be a Best Answer icon on here against each post.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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August 18, 2013 at 03:56:41
Thank you for your assistance also Jeff. The cost of the CD-R was not immense so I gave them to the playgroup as they make things for their garden with the shiny discs so no loss there. We can't recycle them as yet either (Scotland) but the kiddies can play with them and hang them in the trees.They tell me they sing in the wind.

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August 18, 2013 at 03:59:51
Hi Derek

As I said to Jeff I gave them to the kiddies for their playgroup so that worked in fine with no waste. Thank you.

Thanks to all who have answered me so quickly and been of help but now we have an answer. Your help has been so appreciated.

God bless you all.

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August 18, 2013 at 18:16:39
It's good to hear that you found a good use for those CD-R's and thanks for the update.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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August 19, 2013 at 00:17:24
Thank you all. This discussion has now been solved and closed. Help was very much appreciated.

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