Sharing an Optical Drive
If you’re using a DVD-less Mac (which is most of them!) you can use another Macintosh on your network to share a CD or DVD inserted into its drive. This gives you the ability to install software and access files even if you don’t have a physical drive connected.
Enabling DVD Sharing
From a Macintosh with a DVD drive available, follow these steps to turn on optical drive sharing:
In the System Preferences window, click the Sharing icon.
- Click the checkbox in front of the DVD or CD Sharing service.
- Click the Ask Me Before Allowing Others to Use My DVD Drive checkbox to prompt you when other people attempt to access your optical drive.
Close the System Preferences.
Accessing a Shared Optical Drive
To access a shared optical drive from your DVD-free Mac, do the following:
- Open a new Finder window and make sure the Devices section in the Finder sidebar is expanded.
- Click the Remote Disc item in the Devices sidebar area.
Double-click the computer that is sharing the DVD you want to use.
If the DVD is not immediately visible, click Ask to Use to prompt the host computer that you’d like to use its drive.
After access has been granted, the available DVD or CD is listed. Double-click the DVD or CD to begin using it.