If I attempt to start the data writing process by selecting multi-session (thus attempting to set-up for additional data sessions later), the program will not use the disk with audio on it. When I select single session, the CD is finalized after writing the data. I can, however, do the multi-step process with Easy CD-Creator.
Just use Nero or burnatonce to write the data to the disc ie. make a data project and burn it on the disc with the audio session.
You are making a CD-EXTRA...archiving lossless files directly on burned audio CDs is a very bad backup plan. It is much better to backup the lossless archive to either an external harddrive or to DVD+R's.I have personally never made any CD-EXTRA's
It is true that afterwards the audio session will no longer show up in Windows Explorer but what did being able to see CDA 01, CDA 02, .... ever do for you?Programs such as WinAmp and Foobar2000 use the Windows Explorer motif and thus only show the data files.
An audio session followed by a data session is similar to a CD-Extra but isn't exactly the same. It isn't exactly defined anywhere I've ever seen.
NOTE:The Windows Explorer only recognizes the 2. session of a CD-Extra CD, i. e. it only shows the data track but not the audio tracks - so don't be surprised if the Explorer only shows some data files but no audio tracks on a CD-Extra.
Then presumedly there need be no special header information for Windows to recognize a CD-Extra disk. However, at least the way Nero makes them when one specifically selects that option, the CD-Extra contains a predefined directory structure that, I believe, cannot be removed.
Then presumedly there need be no special header information for Windows to recognize a CD-Extra disk.