How to Delete Songs From a Rewritable CD in Mac

By Kirk Bennet

A rewritable CD, or CD-RW, is a compact disc that allows you to record data on it multiple times. To write a rewritable CD, you need a CD-RW drive. It can write both standard compact discs, or CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs because, physically, rewritable CDs are the same as standard CDs. However, before you can write data to a rewritable disk, you must first delete the data already present on the disk. In Mac OS, you can do it by using the "Disk Utility" tool.

Step 1

Insert your rewritable CD in your computer's optical drive. Start "Finder," the default file manager in Mac OS. Back up the songs you find on your rewritable CD.

Step 2

Select "Applications" from the "Go" list you see in the left side of the Finder window. Double-click the "Utilities" icon, then double-click the "Disk Utility" icon.

Step 3

Browse through the drives in the left pane and select the rewritable disk drive. Select the "Erase" tab to start the erasing process.

Step 4

Select what type of erase you want the Disk Utility to perform. You can tick the "Quick Erase" check-box to quickly erase the rewritable CD. If you use the "Quick Erase" method, the Disk Utility allows you to overwrite the existing songs, without actually erasing them.

Step 5

Click the "Erase" button to start erasing the songs from your rewritable CD. If you want certain songs on your disk, write them back from the backup. There is no way of erasing just some songs in Mac OS.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some rewritable CDs can become unusable after multiple erases.