Installing software onto nMP from DVD/CDs...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by wildmac, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. wildmac macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2003
    So, my nMP came today. I would rather do a full clean install of most of the software, rather than move all the legacy crap that has gathered on my cMP over the past 8 years. So I have a few, just a few, software packages that I need to install via CD/DVD.

    Can I use my cMP as a DVD/CD drive in target-disk-mode in order to do these few installs?

    Or can I burn disc images of those DVDs?

    On the other hand, I still might need to pick up a Superdrive anyway for occasional use for ripping music from CDs...
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Why not go out and buy an inexpensive usb dvd drive.
  3. wildmac thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2003
    Yeah, probably will go to Frys at lunch tomorrow.. :D

    But.. question remains.. can you access the DVD/CD drive of a computer that's hooked up in target disk mode?
  4. CH12671 macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2013
    Southern US
    You can on other macs. I use my optical drive from my iMac on my mac mini. No reason to think it wouldn't work between a nMP and cMP.


    I must add...I do this over the local network, not in TDM, but in remote disc mode. I guess I've never really tried it over TB
  5. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

    Gav Mack

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sagittarius A*
    Samsung sell a shiny black usb DVD burner that supports OSX boot still iirc.
  6. wildmac thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2003
    I didn't have a need to buy one until I remembered the music part.. I need to hit Frys for one more minidisplayport to DVI adapter anyway... :p
  7. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    This is very simple, just use disc sharing which was created for this problem when the MacBook Air came out.

    On the cMP or any Mac with the optical drive, go to the Sharing settings and enable DVD/CD sharing.

    Then in Finder on the nMP or any Mac without an optical drive, you'll see Remote Disc in the list of drives on the left with an optical disc icon.

    Note this method is very similar to file sharing so it doesn't work with special discs such as copy protected discs, DVD movies, and audio CDs. But any normal data disc including non-copy protected software installation discs should work fine.

    I wonder if Disc Sharing has ever been updated for Blu Ray media.
  8. wildmac thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2003
    Thanks for that tip!!!!
  9. antonis macrumors 68000


    Jun 10, 2011
    Why not just make an ISO/dmg image using the older mac ?

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