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

Use another computer’s DVD or CD drive

If your Mac doesn’t have a DVD or CD drive, you can share another computer’s drive using DVD and CD Sharing, as long as both computers are on the same network. The computer that has the drive you want to share must be one of the following:

  • A Mac with Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later. If you’re using Mac OS X v10.4.11, install DVD or CD Sharing Setup Update for Mac v1.0.

DVD or CD Sharing Setup Update for Mac v1.0

  • A Windows computer with XP Service Pack 2 or later (including Windows 7 and Windows 8). You need to install the DVD or CD Sharing Update 1.0 for Windows.

DVD or CD Sharing Update 1.0 for Windows

  1. Set up DVD or CD sharing on the computer with the optical drive.
    Option Description
    On a Mac with Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later: Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Sharing, 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: Open the DVD or CD Sharing Options control panel, then 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.
  2. Insert the disc into the drive.
  3. On the Mac that doesn’t have an optical drive, select Remote Disc under Devices in a Finder window sidebar. If you see the “Ask to use” button, click it.

If a disc is copy-protected (such as some DVD movies and games), you can’t share 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 Disc

Last Modified: May 8, 2014
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