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How to use Remote Disc to share DVDs or CDs from a Mac or Windows-based computer
Posted by UCS IT Support 4 on 30 April 2012 02:51 PM
MacBook Air, Mac mini: How to use Remote Disc to share DVDs or CDs from a Mac or Windows-based computer

Summary

Learn how to install Remote Disc on a Mac (that has Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later) or Windows-based computer (that has Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later). You can then share CDs or DVDs from your Mac or PC to your MacBook Air or Mac mini via your network.

Products Affected

Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac mini, MacBook Air, OS X Lion, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista

If you want to use a CD or DVD on a Mac that has no optical drive, such as a MacBook Air or certain Mac minis, you can access the disc via your network from a different Mac or PC by using Remote Disc software.

Note: Avoid pressing the Media Eject key on a Windows computer while an optical disc is in use or is being accessed by a Mac using Remote Disc. Windows will eject the media even if it is in use.

Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later instructions

  1. On the Mac you want to share the disc from (that is, the Mac with the optical drive), choose System Preferences from the Apple () menu, then choose Sharing from the View menu.
  2. Select the checkbox for DVD or CD Sharing. If you don't see this option, download and install DVD or CD Sharing Setup Update for Mac.
    Note:
    If you want to be asked for permission before others can use the optical drive on the computer, enable the "Ask me before allowing others to use my DVD drive" checkbox.
  3. Sharing System Preferences with DVD or CD Sharing on

  4. After you have enabled DVD or CD Sharing, insert a disc that you want to share.
  5. Go to your MacBook Air or Mac mini, open the Finder, and select Remote Disc in the DEVICES sidebar list. You should see the computer that has DVD or CD Sharing enabled.
  6. Finder window with Remote Disc selected

  7. Double-click the computer icon with the optical drive and click "Connect." If the computer that is sharing its optical drive has "Ask me before allowing others to use my DVD drive" enabled, click on "Ask to use."
  8. On the computer sharing its optical drive, acknowledge the request by clicking "Accept."

     

Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista instructions

  1. On the PC that you want to share the disc from, download and install the DVD or CD Sharing Update 1.0 for Windows.
  2. After installing DVD or CD Sharing, click the Start button in the lower left of the screen.
  3. Click Control Panel to access your system preferences as shown below.
    Select Control Panel
  4. In the Control Panel, click "Hardware and Sound."
    Select Hardware and Sound in the Control Panel
  5. Click "DVD or CD Sharing Options" as shown below.
    DVD or CD Sharing Options in the Control Panel
  6. DVD or CD Sharing must be enabled (as shown below) to access the optical drive on your MacBook Air or Mac mini. Note: If you want to give permission before others can use the optical drive on the computer, enable the "Ask me before allowing others to use my DVD drive" option.
    DVD or CD Sharing checkbox enabled
  7. After the software is installed and you have enabled DVD or CD Sharing, go back to your MacBook Air or Mac mini, open the Finder, and select Remote Disc in the DEVICES sidebar list. You should see the computer that has DVD or CD Sharing enabled.

    Finder window with Remote Disc selected

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later instructions

  1. On the PC that you want to share the disc from, download and install the DVD or CD Sharing Update 1.0 for Windows.
  2. After installing DVD or CD Sharing, click the Start button in the lower left of the screen.
  3. Click Control Panel to access your system preferences as shown below.
  4. In the Control Panel, select the "DVD or CD Sharing Option" as shown below.
  5. DVD or CD Sharing must be selected (as shown below) to access  the optical drive on your MacBook Air or Mac mini. Note: If you want to give permission before others can use the optical drive on the computer, select the "Ask me before allowing others to use my DVD drive" option.
  6. After the software is installed and you have enabled DVD or CD Sharing, go back to your MacBook Air or Mac mini, open the Finder, and select "Remote Disc" in the DEVICES sidebar list. You should see the computer that has DVD or CD Sharing enabled.

    Finder window with Remote Disc selected

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