How to Rewrite a DVD-RW

by Randall Shatto

A DVD-RW is a rewritable disc. This allows you to store data or videos with approximately 4.7 GB of space. However, some DVD-RW discs have a larger capacity. Once you burn the disc, you have the option to delete the information to add new files and programs. You can temporarily store information in this method. For example, if you need to transfer information to another computer or backup up a PC for upgrades, use a DVD-RW and save files. Then you can move the applications to another hard drive.

Step 1

Insert the DVD-RW into the DVD burning drive. Press the "My Computer" or "Computer" icon from the desktop or "Start" menu.

Step 2

Click on the DVD drive. Typically, this is the "D:" or "E:" letter. Files on the disc will appear in a separate window.

Step 3

Select the "File" tab on the toolbar. Scroll to the "Erase this Disc" option. Click "Next." Wait approximately 2 to 3 minutes for the disc to erase. Select "Finish" when complete.

Open and close the DVD drive. Use your specific burning program to write new files to your DVD-RW disc.


  • You cannot delete only one file. You must erase the whole disc. When you rewrite the DVD-RW, the files are lost forever.


  • Depending on your burning software, you can use a "Multisession" option. This allows you to burn additional data or video to the DVD-RW disc after the initial burn.

About the Author

Randall Shatto is a professional writer with 10 years of experience. Shatto maintains a focus in internet freelance ghost writing. His expertise includes medical writing, college paper composition and SEO-rich content writing. With only a high school education, Shatto's opportunities continue to grow. Shatto resides in the beautiful state of Oregon.

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