That doesn't exist. It's either -R (burn once) or -RW (rewriteable) burn, erase and burn again).
In quite a lot of burning programs erasing a rewriteable CD is a separate step, apart from writing. You can't use the CD as a big floppy (unless, to a certain extent, you make it multi-session).
In that case, you're doing something wrong.
The other option is that the CD-burner (obviously an old one) is too old and needs to be replaced. That's a quite common thing. Or this is just a bad disk.
So, from your story, there are a lot of possibilities.
From CNet, I downloaded my latest update of BurnAware Free and tried to burn to a CD-RW disc in my CD-RW burner. It found the disc unsuitable and wanted a CD-R/RW disc. I used to use Roxio but lost it a couple of years back. Roxio used to identify the contents then allow me to erase and rewrite to these discs. Is there a difference between RW and R/RW?