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If the software you are using does not support burning data,you will have to upgrade.if its the oem version you received when you bought the computer it may not.The hardware has to support burning as well.
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How do I remove the write protection on a burnable music CD? I am trying to reformat a burnable CD and i keep getting a message saying the disc is write protected and wont let me continue.


You do not say which operating system you are using.

I always advise askers (and answerers too) to use ordinary language to describe and identify things, devices, situations and problems and to avoid technical jargon as much as possible. Where jargon is unavoidable, I advise that care is taken to use technical terms as accurately as possible and that alternative terms, definitions and clarifications are always added in order to aid understanding and minimize confusion.

Your expression "reformat" is unclear.

To wipe the entire storage area or Partition (structured division of a storage area) of storage devices or media that previously contained data is to 'format'.

To "reformat" means, in ordinary language, to return something to its original condition. The term "reformat" is not conventionally used in computer terminology, probably because no storage area, once written in, can ever truly be restored to a virgin state. Formatting does not really wipe data; it just merely instructs and enables the operating system to ignore, or 'be blind' to it. All data written to a storage area can technically be recovered and read, if the right tools, software and techniques are applied. This is why law enforcement agencies and commercial forensic Data Recovery laboratories are able to recover and access lost or deleted data.

So please avoid the word "reformat", which can be confusing because it is sometimes loosely (but wrongly) used as an alternative term for 'Restoration' (restoring a computer to its Factory Settings).

Your expression "burnable music CD" is also unclear.

The term "burnable" (or the more commonly used term, 'writable') is usually used to describe a disc on which it is possible to burn data (information, documents, music, pictures, spreadsheets, designs, drawings, web designs, templates etc.), but onto which no data has yet been burned.

If data already exists on a writable disc, then the disc is usually described as a 'burned'.

Therefore, by definition, a writable "music CD" is a 'burned' rather than a "burnable" CD.

There are 2 types of writable CDs.

CD-R, which can be burned only once and on which any data burned is permanent and cannot be erased, overwritten or added to.

CD-RW can be burned multiple times, can have data burned on it, additional data added to it, can have the data on it overwritten by new data and can have some or all data deleted from it.

Write protection is a security tool to prevent data being deleted unwittingly and can be applied to any device (Internal and External Hard Drives, USB Flash Drives [often called Memory Sticks or Pen Drives], Flash Memory Cards) or writable Media (writable CDs, VCDs [Video CDs], or DVDs).

The Write Protection function for writable CDs or DVDs is usually controlled in the Tools Tab of specialist software used to burn the data onto the discs (such as Nero).

If you are trying to format a burned CD-R or a Write Protection enabled CD-RW (both impossible), this would explain your "This Disc is Write Protected" error message.

If you want to delete data from a CD-RW, you do not need to format it. You can just overwrite it or delete the data from it using the Tools option in your burning software.

The much criticized, built-in CD Burning Tool in Windows is very limited in terms function and controllability. If you a fair to large amount of burning, a full, function dedicated Burning Program such as the various versions of Nero or Ashampoo Burning, would give you much more flexibility and control over your burning operations.

If you currently burn using the simple, built-in CD Burning Tool in Windows, your flexibility and control is severely limited.

I hope this helps.

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I want to save my picture files on the cd or dvd tape but i cant transfer it.

You need a burning software to burn your picture files, music, or video.
You can use NERO Burning ROM. Download it from HERE. You can use the "Data Burning" Feature in it to transfer your files into CD or DVD.

Mar 22, 2011 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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  1. Check your computer to see that it has a CD or DVD drive that is capable of burning CDs. This drive may be built into your computer or an external drive. Either type should work equally well.
  2. Make sure you have a CD that can be burned. There are two types of CDs that you can use.
    1. A CD-R (Compact Disc-Recordable) is a Write Once Read Many (WORM) optical medium. This means that once the disk is burned it can not be erased. This type disk is usually used for permanent storage. For example; a music CD, a picture CD, or any other type of data that you want to keep permanently.
    2. A CD-RW (Compact Disc ReWritable) is a rewritable optical disc format. This type of disk can be burned, erase, and then burned again. This type disk is usually used for temporary data storage.
  3. Decide on the type of CD you plan to burn. There are many different types of CDs that can be burned and how you proceed depends on which type you are going to burn. The major types of CD that can be burned are:
    1. Music. This type of CD is the type of CD that is normaly burned for use in a home or automobile CD player.
    2. Data. This type of CD is most often used to store files that can be used by a computer. This type of CD can not be used in a standard home or automobile CD player. They are formatted using the "ISO9660" format, which cannot be read by a standard CD player.
    3. MP3. This is a data CD containing only mp3 compressed music files. Because it is actually an ISO9660 data CD, not all CD players will be able to play it. This type of CD can contain a much larger number of songs than a music CD but can only be played on a computer or CD player specifically designed to play MP3s.
    4. Disk image. A disk image file is a file that contains an exact copy of a disk. The most common type of Disk image is an .ISO image. Disk images are usually used for storing an exact copy of a CD on a computer. By using a computer, one can burn a CD from an .ISO image and create a usable CD.
    5. Ripping. Ripping a CD is the process of taking the audio off of one CD and either storing it on a computer or burning it to a second CD, thereby making a copy of the first CD.

  4. Decide on the software you want to burn your CD with. There are many different programs that are designed to burn CD's. Some are built into the computer's operating system, while others are individual programs. These programs range from very simple to very complex. Some of these are free, while others have to be purchased.

  5. Burn your CD. Burning your CD is as simple as running the software that you are going to burn your CD with, putting a CD into your CD burner, selecting the data to be burned, and then telling the program to burn the CD

Feb 02, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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How to Save Mobile Phone Numbers to CD ?

Hi best,
Not sure I understand exactly what you are trying to do, so if my answer is off, leave a comment with more information about the issue. First you have to have CD burning software installed and a CD burner drive. Then if you have a list of phone numbers in any type of file, open your CD burning software and tell it you want to burn a data disk. It should at some point ask what files you want to burn, point it toward your data file, select the data file, then burn the info to CD. If you save the phone info to a .txt file any computer should be able to read the data off the CD Hope that answers your question

Dec 29, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I am trying to burn a CD. The playist has 15 songs, 1 hour and 101 MB. I am burning to a CD with 700 MB and 80 minutes of space. iTunes says there isn't enough room on the CD. So, I click to go ahead...

Your CDR is 700MB and you have 101MB of data to burn, isn't it obvious that you have overloaded your data by 31MB for burning? The CDR will not burn in your case. Reduce your intended data to less than 700MB and the CDR will burn.

Oct 19, 2010 | Apple iTunes

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My cd/dvd drive will not burn cd/dvd's properly. it goes through the motions, but the discs come out as blank, i was able to burn cds at 2x speed, but that was it. any movie, or anything else will go...

what kind of application you use for burning??

try it again then double check if you really choose the right path of th drive you want to use as burner..

then you are sure that you burn the music as audio cd not data well as the video cd not data cd..

because if you burn data cd only computers can read that.. not your aplliances like for example your dvd player,cd,etc.

Feb 08, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Data are not shown

most older drives can't read multi session... you need to have a drive installed to be able to read multi session burn. there is no software tweak that can fix this... you need to replace the drive. otherwise burn the data as single session.

Jun 03, 2008 | ASUS CB-5216A (90D70001UAYZ) CD-RW/DVD-ROM...

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