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How to Delete Stuff on Backup Disks?


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#1 Ninja Chachi

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 09:17 PM

Hey guys I recently tried making a backup but realized that I barely had any files and I could just back them up on a flash drive or something but I already used 3 DVDs to put the backup on. What can I do to erase all the data off of them.
When I try to format the disks it says "The disk is write protected."
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Posted 18 December 2011 - 11:46 PM

Are the DVDs RW (Re-Writable) discs? If they are DVD-R or DVD+R write-once discs, you cannot delete anything from them. I think your Recovery partition is indicating low free space, which is normal for a recovery partition which is created just large enough for the job. For this reason, recovery partitions are usually hidden (or at least not allocated a drive letter) so they don't appear in Computer. Has the recovery always been shown in your system?
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Posted 18 December 2011 - 11:51 PM

Yes Ive always seen the Recovery disk D but it hasn't been red before also it's a DVDRW and I have formatted the same type of disk just without real backup files

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 12:00 AM

A common cause of that symptom is, I understand, having drive emulation software like Alcohol 120% installed. It's a common recommendation if you have emulation software, uninstall it to stop getting spurious Write Protect status on RW discs. Beyond that, I don't have any immediate suggestions if the discs are definitely RWs that you've used successfully with that drive before.
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Posted 19 December 2011 - 12:16 AM

Yes Ive always seen the Recovery disk D but it hasn't been red before

If something has been stored on the D: drive, that would fill it up more and could trigger the free-space alert. If you display the contents and can identify something that doesn't belong there, moving it off D: may well return things to how they were. That's one reason Recovery partitions are often not made visible, so they won't be accidentally used for storage.

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