Delete files from a CD-RW

Gabriel Dragffy dragffy at
Sun Nov 19 11:46:48 UTC 2006

Half correct.
The CD must have been written in a session mode and that last session
not closed. Files can appear to be deleted since the file table is
simply re-written, although technically the file and data remain on the
CD taking up space, though inaccessible. New files can be added, this
can continue up to the point that there is no longer an space available
on the CD.

To answer the OPs question, I don't know! It would be good if one could
specify to Nautilus to make the CDs in track at once without closing the
session, but i dunno how to do that.

On Sat, 2006-11-18 at 23:40 -0800, Constantine Evans wrote:
> This is impossible. Tracks on CD-RWs that aren't in packet mode cannot 
> be modified once written - all one can do is erase the entire CD, if I 
> recall correctly.
> Andy wrote:
> > Hi
> > 
> > I am using Ubuntu 6.06LTS
> > 
> > I can't see to find out how to delete a file off a CD-RW, Nautilus
> > won't let me delete direct from the CDs folder display (not surprising
> > really), but it won't display the files in the CD creator folder so I
> > can't remove files.
> > 
> > I can add a new file and then it asks to erase all the files that are
> > already there, but then I get left with the file I pointlessly added.
> > 
> > So my questions:
> > 1. Can I selectively delete files from a CD-RW (or do I need to copy
> > all the files I don't want to remove into the CD creator and tell it
> > to erase?)
> > 2. How do I add a file to a disc without destroying whats on it at the
> > moment (do I again need to copy all the files off the disc into the
> > CD-creator folder along with the added files?)
> > 3. How do I completely blank a disc?
> > 
> > I am trying to do this in the standard file browser, nautilus. Is
> > there any other programs that are meant to be used for this?
> > 
> > It seems like it would be a smart move to automatically list all the
> > files on the CD in the Cd-creator so you can delete and append to that
> > if that.
> > 
> > I tried blanking the disc by putting nothing in the CD creator folder
> > and clicking write to disc, but it told me I must have a file there
> > first.
> > 
> > Andy
> > 

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