EDIT: Ubuntu added to the list too. Results won’t surprise you.
Quite a few of my readers know that I have a Hackint0sh in Quad Boot. I was accidentally in OS X (Leopard) at the right time yesterday. A friend of mine wanted to burn some stuff on a filled RW, I was in OS X at that time and I assumed that considering OS X (Leopard) is so user friendly (according to some of my Mac friends) I will not find any problem in erasing & burning a RW. But it wasn’t so easy after all.
Erasing a RW on OS X:
Consider this as a tip for OS X users.
- Load the RW.
- Open Applications.
- Navigate to Utilities.
- Find Disk Utility & Start it.
- Select the disc from the Left Navigation.
- Right Click & choose Erase.
Now, let’s see how things are done in Vista. Pretty simple I must say. A single click and that’s it. You’re done. Not only that you don’t need to fire up an application that basically is meant for formatting drives.
Erasing a RW in Vista:
- Load the RW. duh!
- Open My Computer.
- Right Click on the disc & choose ‘Erase this Disc’.
- Sit back & relax.
- Call your girl-friend & ask her if she has any RWs to erase.
Alternately you can even erase the RW when you are browsing through it in Explorer. You will find a ‘Erase the Disc’ tab at the top. Screen shot:
That was Vista.
Erasing a RW in Ubuntu:
- RW What?
Considering that I was talking about default GUI (to be read as simpler) methods for erasing a RW, Ubuntu is a Terminal based OS, so I decided to try out erasing the RW using the Terminal command given by T below. Here, is what happened:
- Go to Applications.
- Start Terminal.
- Type the command cdrecord dev=/dev/cdrom blank=fast
- And wait.
Oh damn! What is this:
Talk about ease of use :D