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OS X Mountain Lion: Use another computer’s DVD or CD drive

Use another computer’s DVD or CD drive

If your computer doesn’t have an optical drive, and you are connected to a computer that has one, you can use a DVD or CD disc in the other computer’s optical drive. The computer with the optical drive must have Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later, or Windows XP or Windows Vista.

Note: If a disc is copy-protected (such as some DVD movies and games), you can’t share it using DVD or CD sharing.
  1. Make sure both computers are on the same network (wired or wireless), and the DVD or CD Sharing software is installed on the computer with the optical drive.
  2. Make sure the computer with the optical drive is set up to share the disc.
    Option Description
    On a computer with Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later: Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Sharing, and then select the “DVD or CD Sharing” checkbox. Select “Ask me before allowing others to use my DVD drive” if you want to be notified when a computer tries to access the drive.
    On a computer with Windows XP or Vista: Open the DVD or CD Sharing control panel and select “Enable Remote DVD or CD.” Select “Ask me before allowing others to use my DVD drive” if you want to be notified when a computer tries to access the drive.
  3. Insert the disc into the optical drive.
  4. On the computer without the optical drive, select Remote Disc under Devices in a Finder window sidebar. If you see the “Ask to use” button, click it.

For more information about using another computer’s optical drive, including downloading and installing the DVD or CD Sharing Update for Windows, see:

Apple Support article: DVD or CD sharing: Using Remote Disk

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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