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.
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.
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'.
"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.
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).
expression "burnable music CD" is also unclear.
"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.
already exists on a writable disc, then the disc is usually described as a
by definition, a writable "music CD" is a 'burned' rather than a
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.
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).
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"
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.
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
currently burn using the simple, built-in CD Burning Tool in Windows, your
flexibility and control is severely limited.
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Sep 01, 2011 |
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