An Error Message May Be Displayed When You Delete a File or Folder on a CD-RW Media

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When you attempt to delete a file or folder on a CD-RW media, you may receive the following error message:
Error Deleting File or Folder.

Cannot delete file name. Files on this CD-ROM drive are read-only. You cannot copy or move files over to this CD-ROM drive.


The problem can occur because individual files cannot be deleted from CD-RW discs. The CD-RW disc cannot be used for random-access storage during a write function.


To work around this problem, reformat or erase completely the CD-RW disc before you write to the disc.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


The entire CD-RW disc must be erased and rewritten whenever you want to change any information on that disc, for example, if you want to change a single byte of data, erase a file, or update a file.


Article ID: 303008 - Last Review: January 15, 2006 - Revision: 1.2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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