How to share CD/DVD drive with Macbook Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by chanyitian, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. chanyitian macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2012
    Hi. I recently purchase a new Macbook Air and I hope to import some of my songs from my CDs into iTunes. However, as the Air doesnt have a CD/DVD drive, how can i share my iMac's drive with the Macbook Air? thanks so much. I heard that some settings in system preferences have to be altered for that to happen.
  2. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
    1. Put the CD into the drive in your iMac.
    2. Go to Finder-Device-Remote on your MBA. You should see the CD/DVD drive on your iMac.
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    iirc, you need to go to settings in the iMac and enable CD/DVD sharing first.
  4. dojoman macrumors 65816

    Apr 8, 2010
    I'm afraid remote disc may not work for you. Just found this for audio CDs.

    Note: These types of discs are not supported by DVD or CD sharing:

    DVD movies.
    Audio CDs.
    Copy protected discs such as game discs.
    Install discs for an operating system.
    To use the above mentioned discs with a computer without an optical drive, use the MacBook Air SuperDrive. For assistance with remote installing Mac OS X v10.6 or earlier, refer to Reinstalling software using Remote Install Mac OS X.
  5. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    can't use the disk sharing for ripping movies or cds. you can get a perfectly good USB CD/DVD burner on newegg or amazon for ~$30

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