How to Create a Multisession Disc

Burn a CD or DVD more than once

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If your preferred storage medium is a good old CD or DVD and you regularly burn music files, then creating a multisession disc is a must. A multisession disc lets you burn data to the same disc in more than one writing session. If you have space after a writing session, you can write more files at a later date by using a multisession disc. 

Downloading and Running CDBurnerXP

Different versions of Windows support different types of CD or DVD burning, and the market for free and paid apps that adds on Windows's natural capability is enormous. The free CD/DVD burning program CDBurnerXP creates a multisession CD and is simple to use. To download the latest version, visit the CDBurnerXP Website. After you have downloaded it, install and run it.

Adding Files to Your Compilation

With CDBurnerXP, you can create either a multisession CD or DVD. Choose the Data Disc menu option and click OK. Using the program's built-in file browser, drag and drop folders and files that you want to be written to disc into the lower compilation window. Alternatively, select the files you want and click the Add button.

Creating a Multisession Disc

To start burning your multisession disc, click the Disc menu tab at the top of the screen and select the Burn Disc menu option. As a shortcut, you can also click the Burn The Existing Compilation toolbar icon (disc with a green check). To create a multisession disc, you need to click the Leave Disc Open option. After you have clicked this, the compilation will then be written to the disc. When the burning process has completed, click OK, followed by Close.

Adding More Files to Your Disc

When you need to add more files to your multisession disc at a later date, simply choose the Data Disc option and then click Continue Disc to add, delete or write updated files to your media.


Multisession discs are rarely compatible with standard CD and DVD players — they're formatted as data disks optimal for use in a PC or Mac. Although some devices can play them without additional software, you're unlikely to be successful if you pop a multisession disc into your car's CD player or the bargain DVD player you've still got in your entertainment center.

The relative ease of burning a CD or DVD does not minimize the legal and moral risks that come from piracy. Do not burn your own discs of content for which you have no legal license to use or duplicate.

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