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How to Erase and Format CD or DVD in Windows 10

Updated by Brithny on Apr 16, 2021
Written by Daisy

Follow the quick video tutorial that has SOLVED 'how to format or erase CD/DVD'.

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"I have an HP laptop with a CD drive. And now I need to format a disc so I can burn it. It is easy to perform this task in previous versions of Windows which I've used. But how do I format a DVD RW in Windows 10? 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 to 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 Format a CD/DVD in Windows 10 

Step 1: Insert the CD-RW or DVD-RW into your computer. (If your computer doesn't have a CD drive, buy an external one.)

Step 2: Click "This PC" on your computer.

Step 3: Find and right-click on the CD/DVD drive icon, then click "Format."

Format DVD RW in Windows 10

Step 4: 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 5: Click "Start", you will see a warning message about deleting all data on the drive.

Step 6: Click "OK" to continue the process. The CD / DVD will begin to format.

Erase a CD/DVD disc in Windows 10

As mentioned before, if you want to format a used CD-RW/DVD-RW, you need to erase the data already on the disc first. To get this job done, you can use the Windows 10 operating system's formatting tools. In case some users don't know how to erase a DVD disk, here we list the detailed steps:

Step 1: Insert the rewritable disc into your computer.

Step 2: Go to "Start", clicking "This PC".

Step 3: In Windows Explorer, click the DVD drive 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 of 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).

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 cards, and other storage devices. Here we recommend you try the EaseUS Partition Master. This tool allows you to format a disk with simple steps. Unlike using Disk Management, EaseUS Partition Master 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.

EaseUS Partition Master

  • Resize/move, merge, clone partition and check file system error.
  • Clone disk, convert to MBR/GPT, convert to Dynamic/Basic and even wipe data.
  • Migrate OS, optimize computer performance by cleaning up junk files/large files, etc.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition on your external hard drive/USB/SD card which you want to format and choose the "Format" option.

Format External Hard Drive/USB/SD Card - 1

Step 2. Assign a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format External Hard Drive/USB/SD Card - 2

Step 3. In the Warning window, click "OK" to continue.

Format External Hard Drive/USB/SD Card - 3

Step 4. Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting your external hard drive/USB/SD card.

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Brithny is a technology enthusiast, aiming to make readers' tech life easy and enjoyable. She loves exploring new technologies and writing technical how-to tips. On her spare time, she loves sharing things about her favorite singer - Taylor Swift on her Facebook or Twitter.

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Written by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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