The computer data was stored in Floppy disks when personal computing began. The size of these disks was big. Then it was reduced to smaller disks. But you cannot store big data on them. That’s why compact disks were invented. In the 90s rewritable disks performed the function of USBs. You have to write your data on rewritable compact disks for storing it.
Still, you can store data on CD or DVD. This article will tell you how to erase a CD on Windows 10. So, you must keep reading to find out more.
- 1 What is a CD and DVD?
- 2 How to erase a CD/DVD on Windows 10?
What is a CD and DVD?
What is a CD?
It stands for compact disk. And it is circular with 12 cm diameter. In 1983, the CD was an idea proposed by Philips Corporation and Sony Corporation. Soon after that, CDs were introduced in the US market. A CD can store 700 MB of data or 80 minutes of audio on it. The first CDs were audio CDs, which were used to sell music albums.
In 1983, CD ROM was introduced in the computer. It was then CD replaced Floppy disks because it can store 700 MB of data, which is greater than 1.4 MB.
What is the DVD?
It stands for Digital versatile disk. And it was invented in 1995. Soon, after its release, DVD became popular and widely used. It was because of its data capacity. A DVD can store data up to 4.7GB. That’s why people started to store audio files and video content on DVDs. Later, before the revolution of internet speed, businesses were selling video content on DVDs. Still, now, movies and audio albums are released on DVDs too. Nowadays, there are many types of DVDs available in the market, which can range up to 17GB data on one DVD.
What is the difference between CD and DVD?
CD is the short form of compact disc and DVD is a short form of a digital versatile disc. Both are instruments to store optical media. But the major difference is the capacity. A CD can store data maximum to 700 MB. But a DVD can store data up to 17 GB. Other than capacity, the other main difference is the method of storage. The optical lines on DVD are finer than a CD. A DVD is a sophisticated piece of plastic. And a CD is a little less sophisticated piece of plastic.
How to run a CD on Windows 10?
You need to follow the steps.
- Open your computer.
- Now, you must insert a CD in the CD ROM.
- After that, you need to wait for your computer to recognize the CD.
- Then, the CD icon on your My computer will change.
- Now, you have to click on the CD drive for opening it.
- When you have opened the CD drive, then you can use the data stored on the CD.
How to erase a CD/DVD on Windows 10?
You need to follow the steps.
- Open your computer.
- Now, you must insert a writable CD/DVD in the CD/DVD ROM.
- Now, wait for your computer to recognize the CD/DVD.
- The CD/DVD drive icon will change when your computer completes the recognition process.
- Now, you must open Windows Files explorer from the taskbar shortcut.
- Now, you have to select “This PC” from the left side menu.
- After that, you must select the CD/DVD drive icon.
- Now, you need to expand the ribbon bar.
- After that, you must select “Manage” from the options.
- Now, you must click on “Erase the disc icon.”
- After that, you need to click on “Next” to start the disk erase wizard.
- You must keep one thing in mind that only a rewritable CD/DVD will be erased through this wizard.
- Otherwise, the disk erasing wizard will fail.
- When the process starts, you will see the progress on the screen.
- It will take a few minutes to erase all data from the CD/DVD.
- After complete erase of the CD/DVD, you will find an empty CD/DVD in your CD/DVD ROM.
- Now, you can write any data on the empty CD/DVD.
Advantages of a CD
The following are the upsides of CDs.
- CDs are small items that can store big data in them.
- CDs are portable. That’s why you can carry data anywhere by using CDs.
- CDs are cheap items that can be produced in bulk. The cost of producing CDs is too low. Any tech company can run a CD production business with minimum resources.
- Most computers can read CDs. If there is no CD drive, then a DVD drive can also read a CD.
Disadvantages of a CD
The downsides of a CD are given below.
- CDs are fairly fragile.
- CDs can be damaged by scratches, which can happen easily.
- CDs have a smaller storage capacity than a hard drive or a DVD.
- The access to a CD is slower than a hard drive.
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Frequently asked questions
Q1: Can you erase a CD and reuse it?
Ans: Some CDs allow you to erase the data on them and write new data on them. But these CDs are rewritable CDs. You cannot erase data from simple CDs. And you need a CD writer ROM for erasing the data and writing the data on a writable CD.
Q2: How do I erase a CD on my computer?
Ans: You need to follow the steps.
- You must insert the CD in CD drive.
- After that, you must open the start.
- Then you must open file explorer.
- Then you need to select “This PC” from the explorer.
- Now, you must select a CD drive.
- Now, you must click the “Manage” tab.
- After that, you must select “Erase the disk.’
- Then you must click “Next.’
Q3: Can you wipe a CD R?
Ans: You cannot erase files from a CD-R or rewrite the data that you’ve put on it. Finally, there is the CD-RW or Compact Disc Rewritable. When you buy a CD-RW, it typically comes empty. You add your data to it. If there is one impression on the CD R, then you cannot write any data on it.