Join , subscribers and get a daily digest of news, geek trivia, and our feature articles. From ultrabooks to netbooks, computers are shedding their optical drives. The two computers must be on the same local network to share an optical drive. First, open the Computer window click Start and select Computer on the computer with the optical drive. In the next window, enable the Share this folder checkbox.
Ensure that the Everyone group has Read access to the drive. Click OK to save your changes after configuring the permissions. Click the Home or Work header, scroll down, and select Turn off password protected sharing to disable it. After you click the OK button, your drive will be shared on the network. To stop sharing the drive later, go back into its Advanced Sharing window and uncheck the Share this folder checkbox. You can specify a drive letter for the shared optical drive and have it automatically become mapped each time you log in.
I verified this has no effect on this answer. On the Windows PC side, the machine named Shark displays the following.
Use Remote Disc to Share a CD/DVD Drive Between Macs
Here, the Mac is already sharing its folders with the Windows PC. The result is shown below. An alternative, to accessing the Mac's optical drive from Windows PC machine, would be to create an. The steps are given below. Sign up to join this community.
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Michael Michael 6 6 gold badges 15 15 silver badges 28 28 bronze badges. Recognizing a shared disc requires specific software.
Apple has made the software available to share from Windows to Mac see this , but not software to recognize a Mac-shared drive on Windows. A DVD drive is the not the same thing as a hard drive, and the system accesses them in different ways.
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Also keep in mind the disc may not be formatted in such a way that Mac can feed its contents to Windows, hence the error. I just tried setting a CD containing photos as a shared folder and was able to access it from my other Mac with no problems. I just succeeded in accessing my optical drive on my Mac OS X So at least you know it can be done. This results in the DVD automatically appearing on the Windows machine, as shown below. I can now open this folder and access the files on the DVD.
David Anderson David Anderson Use the optical drive on the Mac to create an. To test, I used the first 9 steps given here. Transfer the. Right click the file and select Mount.