How to Clear a DVD-R

DVD-R discs are recorded by a DVD burner in your computer. A variety of free applications for burning and erasing data discs are available online. You can use the same program you burned the disc with to erase data on a DVD-R. You cannot record new data to a cleared DVD-R if it has already been burned once.

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DVD-R discs can be recorded and erased by the same program.

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Push the "Power" button on your computer, and open the DVD burning application. Insert the DVD-R disc that you want to erase into your computer's DVD burner.

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Click "Erase Disc" in the program's main menu, and select the disc drive containing your DVD-R. Click "Next." The program begins erasing all data from the DVD-R disc.

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Wait for the disc erase process to complete, then click "Finish," and exit the program. The DVD-R disc is cleared of all data files.