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How to Erase and Format CD or DVD in Windows 10

Updated on Dec 20, 2018 by Daisy to Partition Master

How to Format a CD. These steps below teach you how to erase and format a CD-RW or DVD-RW that is having problems playing or loading information. You cannot format a CD-R or a DVD-R that has already been burned or otherwise written to. EaseUS Partition Master is a professional format tool that would do you a favor when you are trying to format a USB drive, an SD card or an external hard drive.

"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.)

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).

Format a CD/DVD in Windows 10 

  • Step 1: Insert the CD-RW or DVD-RW into your computer. The CD goes into your computer's CD tray with the label facing up.
    If your computer doesn't have a CD drive, you'll have to buy an external one.
  • Step 2: Click "This PC". Click your disk drive's icon.
  • Step 3: Click "Manage". It's a tab in the upper-left side of the File Explorer window. Clicking it prompts a toolbar to appear the Manage tab.
  • Step 4: Click "Format". This icon is on the far left side of the toolbar. It resembles a grey drive with a red, circling arrow on top of it.
  • Step 5: Select a file system. Click the "File system" drop-down box, then click one of the following file systems:
  • UDF 1.50 - For use on XP and older.
  • UDF 2.00 - For use on XP and older.
  • UDF 2.01 (default) - Usable with most current operating systems.
  • UDF 2.50 - Usable with most current operating systems. Supports Blu-ray.
  • UDF 2.60 (Recommended) - Usable with most current operating systems. Supports Blu-ray.
  • Step 6: Click "Start", then click "OK". Doing so will begin formatting your CD for your selected file system.
  • Step 7: Click "OK" when prompted. This will complete the formatting process.

Bonus Tip: How to format a disk in Windows 10 

Sometimes, you may also need to format your disk (internal or external hard drives), USB flash drives, SD card, and other storage devices first in order to use it. Here we recommend you try EaseUS partition tool which is equipped with the powerful formatting feature that allows you to format a disk or other storage devices in Windows 10 with simple steps. Unlike using Disk Management, using this tool will save you many steps and time. Besides, it also provides other useful features to help you manage your disks and partitions. Don't hesitate to give it a try.

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