Burning mp3 files to CD using Windows Media Player

I'm on Windows 7. I wanted to delete all the files from a RW-CD so that I could burn some different mp3 files onto it using Windows Media Player. I thought that the best way to do this would be to format the CD. I did this but when I tried to burn the mp3 files onto the CD using WMP it said 'First insert a blank disc', which I found puzzling because I thought that if you formatted a CD it would erase all material on it(?)

Anyway, I did then manage to erase the files using another method and I was then able to burn some mp3 files onto it. These took up about 59MB of space on the disk. But then when I dragged some more files to WMP and tried to burn them onto the disk it ejected the disk and told me to insert a blank disk. So it wouldn't let me add more files to the disk even though the capacity of the disk is 700MB and my files only took up 59MB. Can someone advise me on this please? Thanks.

 

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Hi - Now you have a reply! There are a few different methods for creating a data disc so it really depends on the purpose of the finished disc. How do you want to use it? (Good that you're using RW by the way!) Cheers, R.
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Hi Ric

Thanks for your reply. I wanted to burn mp3 tracks that I've downloaded from the net.

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OK - so presumably you have a CD/DVD player that handles mp3 files and you just want to be able to add stuff from time to time - is that it?

You may be better off starting over and not using WMP for the burn... use 'explorer' instead and you can add files to the disc. Erase the disc using the method shown below (in This PC DVD/CD drive) and then add mp3 files using the 'send to' command shown in the second image. You can then use the 'Burn to disc' command in the top image (not highlighted). Note that I have not burned any files using this method for ages so I am just going to run a test burn myself to check I'm not misleading myself (or you!) I'll get back shortly...

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Test burn was good - I burned two mp3 albums in two sessions... both playing back nicely on my Marantz CD player...

Two more points - you'll be asked how you want to use the disc - choose the second option (with a CD/DVD player) - and then when you start the first burn session you'll be asked Audio or Data - here you want DATA... that won't appear when you add files in a new session.

Get back if you get stuck... Cheers, R.

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Ric, that's absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. I haven't tried what you said yet and I have to go out shortly but I'll try what you suggest and get back to you on how I get on. Thanks again.

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A quick update - I overlooked the fact that you are using W7 - in theory there should not be much difference, but I ran into trouble when trying to burn this way on my old laptop. (The earlier test was done using my newer W10 model) I suspect that it is the machine rather than a Windows problem - but thought I'd better let you know! (two CD/RW discs tested: one rendered unusable! the second I was able to erase and re-use) I'm pretty certain this will just be the CD/DVD drive which was never very good anyway! 
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Hi Ric

Just to say: you're a star! I followed your instructions and it worked a treat. I was able to write to my disk and also later to add more files to it.

I must admit I'm still puzzled over the formatting command. I had always believed that when you format a disk absolutely everything is wiped from it but that didn't seem to be the case when I did it.

Anyway, thank you again for all your help.

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You're welcome - I have never used format with CDs - only DVD... CD-Rs should write straight from the pack (and can be similarly added to if burned like this) RWs - just erase. Anyway glad all's well!

Cheers, Ric.

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Thanks mate.

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