Can CD-R be formatted?

What is the difference between CD-R & CD-RW. Why it is not possible to erase any file from CD-R? I want to know whether it is linked with hardware or software?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    CD-R can be formatted... ONCE, usually to UDF/MDF. Once it's formatted, it pretty much won't be of use to anything else.

    As others said, CD-R you can only write to ONCE (the portions you did NOT write to can still be written to later) Whereas CD-RW can be re-written / reformatted and erased.

    Why? That's the way CD-R works. The marks are actually BURNED onto the media by a laser. It cannot be unburned. Why do you think they are called "burners"?

    CD-RWs use a different technology (phase change) to record the on/off bits. It requires very different circuitry. CD-R is most similar to original CD standard, which is why CD-R is almost universally compatible whereas CD-RW compatibility must be specified.

    So to answer your last question: hardware.

  • 4 years ago

    Technically you may format a CD-RW with the intention to erase it and use it back. yet you are able to format a CD-R in a feeling. some courses will allow you to 'practice' a CD-R so as which you will write to it 'on the fly'. yet this has very intense overhead (filespace) and would deliver approximately matters with different structures being waiting to examine it.

  • 1 decade ago

    No. CD-R means CD-Recordable...ONCE it is a WORM (Write Once Read Many) disc. CD-RW means CD-Re-Writable, which allows it to be written and erased several times.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's related to hardware. You can just cut whatever it is on a CD-R, so who uses it won't see those files, but they take physical memory.

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  • 1 decade ago

    no CD-R can not erase

    but can be overwritten

    just copy new stuff

    CD-RW you can erase all

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No. CD-R means that after you burn it, it is done. You can't do anything about it affter you burn it.

    CD-RW mans that you can burn it, but you can burn it again and again and it can be edited.

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