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How can I convert cd-rw made cd-r disc again to cd-r?

by prajol_pradhan / April 11, 2013 12:11 AM PDT

I have Windows 7 OS and have dvd-rw drive in it.When I inserted a blank cd(cd-r),I was asked to choose whether to make it writable or rewritable,so I choosed to make it rewritable.But when I wanted to burn some mp3 audios from windows media player(to change it to cda format),it asked me to insert a writable cd(not rewritable).I tried the (above mentioned)cd but was again asked to insert a writable one.Now I want to convert this rewritable made cd to writable.Please help me to convert it to writable or else tell me any other ideas that is suitable to convert mp3 to cda on rewritable cds...

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Re: writable and rewritable
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 11, 2013 12:27 AM PDT

That's a physical characteric of the disc. You can't change it. You can't change a cd-r into a cd-rw nor the other way around. That's exactly the same "can't" as in "you can't change a banana in an apple". It's physically impossible.

So it's unclear what you did. Maybe the word is "multisession". Then you can't change it back to "single session".
Moreover, I've never seen such a question from Windows when inserting a blank cd. But that might be because I have burning program installed.

Just use another cd and give the right answer now.


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I've never had that message either
by glb613 / April 11, 2013 5:19 AM PDT

Why not open your CD/DVD burning software and burn the disk?

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First off
by Jimmy Greystone / April 11, 2013 6:17 AM PDT

First off, are you absolutely certain it was a CD-RW disc? Because it's entirely possible what happened is you used a packet writing program to make the CD-R act more like a floppy or flash drive. As Kees said, CD-RW discs are physically different from CD-R discs and you can't change one to the other.

If it's a CD-RW disc, all you need to do is erase everything on it and burn it as if it were a regular disc. There's no guarantee a CD player will be able to read a CD-RW disc, but that's your only hope of it working period. Otherwise you just pop in a blank disc and go about your business.

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