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I find that when I burn stuff onto a CD, there is often a lot of empty space that I haven't used.

Can I fill this empty space by burning the CD a second, or third time?
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Yes, but when you initially burn the CD the first time you must specify that it not be "closed". Once closed the CD can not be written to again.

Writing to a CD several times is called "multi-session" recording. There are several OS X applications which can accomplish this, however, in my opinion, multi-session recording in OS X is not very elegant. Elegant and efficient multi-session recording is best done in Windows.

And, in case you're wondering, OS X does not support multi-session recording to DVD media. Only CD media is supported.

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May I ask of chscag, are you referring to CD+R and CD-R; and with what application? I've never encountered the "closed" factor with that media, although I understand the Burn-in and Burn-out process. I understand that multi-session recording to CD requires the media to be CD-RW and CD-RWR. Have I somehow missed a transition to a higher plane?

A further piece of info I learned at cost to myself - you cannot benefit from multi-session recording audio to a CD-RW (RWR) for use on a CD player.

To the OP - blank CDs are very cheap, but I too like to fill as much of a disk as I can.

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Yes, referring to CD+R and CD-R media. Multi-session recording can be accomplished on either media provided you do not close the session. The handy "BurnX Free 1.5" application will do multi session recording. I mentioned that the process in not very elegant in OS X. Here's why:

The second session will appear as a second mounted CD on your desktop along with the first session. And so on.... In other words, when you mount a CD that has been recorded twice in separate sessions, it will appear on your desktop as two CDs.

CD+RW media is a bit different because the media can be erased and re-recorded. And yes, you're correct in that CD+RW media for audio recording does not work well.

Usually, if I have to do any serious recording to CD or DVD media, I switch to Windows where the process works better and as I mentioned above - elegant.

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Yes, but when you initially burn the CD the first time you must specify that it not be "closed". Once closed the CD can not be written to again.

Writing to a CD several times is called "multi-session" recording. There are several OS X applications which can accomplish this, however, in my opinion, multi-session recording in OS X is not very elegant. Elegant and efficient multi-session recording is best done in Windows.

And, in case you're wondering, OS X does not support multi-session recording to DVD media. Only CD media is supported.

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Elegance is a matter of opinion. The sessions appear on the desktop only if you leave that default setting for Finder preference. Without the default setting, the partitions are only visible in a Finder Window. This is the same as in Windows where disks (Windows calls partitions "disks") are only visible in a "My Computer" or Windows Explorer window. You have to have two or more partitions. How else could they be separated?

Also, you don't need any special software. Disk Utility can burn multi-session easily. Take a look at Disk Utility Help.

Also, Most Windows XP systems cannot even see a CD with open sessions.

And a third also: OS X DOES support multi-session burning to DVD+RW media. Disk Utility doesn't. Use Dragon Burn or Toast for multi-session DVD burns.

Other than that, you got everything right.
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