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How to Erase and Format CD or DVD in Windows 10

Updated on Dec 04, 2018 by Daisy to Partition Master

Summary:
Here we show you how to erase and format a CD or DVD in Windows 10, either with the disk management tool or third-party formatting tool. Try any of these ways to clear, wipe or format the CD-RW or DVD-RW in Windows 10 with simple steps.

How do I format a CD disc in Windows 10

"I have an HP laptop with the CD drive. And now I need to format a disc so I can burn a disc. It is easy to perform this task in previous versions of Windows which I've used. But how do I format a CD or DVD using the Windows 10 operating system? I can't find any instructions when searching the web." 

Usually, if you want to burn data to a CD or DVD, first you need format the disk. If there is data on the CD or DVD, you should erase the data already on the disc and then format it for reuse. The process of formatting your DVD or CD is fairly simple. Here we will show you how to do it step by step. (Here the disk should be a rewritable CD or DVD which allows you to format and rewrite data.)

How to erase a CD/DVD disc in Windows 10

If you have a CD-RW or DVD-RW, you can quickly clear or wipe the device to erase any data on it using Windows 10 operating system's formatting tools.

Step 1: Insert the rewritable disc, such as a CD-RW, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, or DVD-RAM disc, into your computer's CD, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc burner.

Step 2: Open Computer by clicking the "Start" button, and then clicking "Computer".

Step 3: In Windows Explorer, click the "CD, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc burner icon".

Step 4: On the toolbar, click "Erase this disc", and then follow the steps in the wizard to successfully erase, clear or wipe CD or DVD.

Erase CD or DVD Disc in Windows 10

If the "Erase" feature doesn't appear while using one the outlined methods, it's possible you have a CD or DVD (able to be written one time only) and not a CD-RW or DVD-RW (rewritable).

How to format a CD/DVD with Windows 10 via Disk Management

Step 1: Insert the blank or erased CD or DVD into your CD or DVD hard drive.

Step 2: Type Control Panel in the search box and click "Control Panel".

Step 3: Go to "Administrative Tools" > "Computer Management" > "Disk Management".

Step 4: Right-click on the drive or partition to format and click on "Format".

Step 5: Select the file system and set the cluster size.

Step 6: Click "OK" to format the CD-RW or DVD-RW.

Bonus Tip: How to format a disk in Windows 10 with formatting tool

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