How do I erase a previously burned CD-RW in Ubuntu?

Asked by george_rutkay

I have a couple of CD-RW discs.

I can write and read files to and from them. But I don't know how to erase them in Ubuntu.

To erase them I have to reboot into Windows (EEK) and right-click on the CD icon and choose Erase disc.


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Best UKThom (ukthom) said :

You have a few options, but for me, the best option I've seen uses K3B as tool to erase a CD-RW

sudo apt-get install k3b

This will install k3b, if you do not already have it.

Within the K3B program, you will see an icon that looks like a red tube on a gold CD (not labled DVD).

When you click that icon, you will see a dialog box where you can adjust the speed of your erase operation, if necessary.

If you want to do this from a command-line:

sudo cdrecord blank=all

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george_rutkay (yaktur) said :

Thanks UKThom, that solved my question.

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Han Chang (hanchang) said :

There is a program installed by default in Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop Edition which is called Brasero.
You can access it through Applications -> Sound and Video -> Brasero Disc Burning.
Once the program is opened, you can go to Tools -> Erase and that will blank out a CD-RW.

Hope that helps!