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Cannot seem to erase a DVD

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I've got a DVD-RW, which a while ago i wrote a lot of files to, holiday photos, word documents and such. I'm trying to erase the disc by any means neccessary. When i try to erase the files individually it doesn't allow me too, becuase it says the files are read only. Also, when i try to use Nero, or simply Windows to completely erase the disc it fails. Windows(when i right click and press erase in the windows explorer), says it has deleted the data, but its quite obviously still all there. When i try to use Nero, the deletion errors and simply says 'error erasing the disc'. Half of the files i can't even read on the disc and i can't for the life of me erase it, so its quite frustrating as you can probably imagine.

This disc was from my previous PC, since i used it to transfer data to my new one, so im wondering if maybe the files were encrypted from the old system, and whether that could be causing my problem? If so, how do i get around it? In addition to all the above, the disc is quite scratched up,could this be causing my problem?

Any help will be very much appreciated.
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The disk being heavily scratched will almost certainly be a factor. In fact if its that badly scratched, it'll be better (and probably a lot more fun) to destroy it manually. See http://www.cdrfaq.org/faq07.html#S7-20 (also applies to DVDs) for such ideas.
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