Remote Disc Randomly Appeared This Morning...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jdmcmah, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. jdmcmah macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2013

    I'm new to Macs, so forgive me if this is a stupid question...

    While using Finder today, I noticed that a "Remote Disc" icon had suddenly appeared on my new iMac. (21.5", 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5, running OS X v 10.8.2).

    There are currently no other computers on the network (just my iMac and a Roku)... and I just changed my wireless password to be sure.

    What concerns me isn't so much the icon (although I don't want it there)... it's that it literally just appeared... and tech support told me, basically, "Um, it's a feature and sometimes it just magically appears like that... it might also just disappear". I'm not making that up. I wish I were.

    I even reinstalled the OS to get rid of it- but it didn't work.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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  2. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    I believe if you go into System Preferences then Sharing and turn off CD or DVD sharing and it will disappear from sidebar in Finder. Not at my computer but pretty sure that's it.
  3. Aqueous macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2004
    You can also customize the sidebar and get rid of the icon. JUST RIGHT CLICK ON IT! "remove from sidebar"

    Can't believe you reinstalled OSX, should've posted here first, or googled... :)
  4. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Remote Disc is the feature of any MacBook Air, any Mac mini Server, any Mac mini from 2011 or newer, any MacBook Pro with Retina Display, or any iMac from the current generation or newer that allows you to share the optical drive of any Mac or Windows PC with both an optical drive and Apple's disc sharing software both installed and active. It doesn't support playback of music or DVD movies but it will mount the drive and you can access and run any of the contents of the disc. It's a useful feature to have around and it's not something you want to get rid of. As to why you didn't have it initially, that's odd; you should've had it all along and it should've been always there.
  5. LynnRose macrumors newbie


    Jan 23, 2018
    This just appeared for me, too and after some unusual activity that I suspect could mean hacking potentially (or just benign - but can't know for sure)

    Even when I unchecked CD/DVD's and had no other devices in the rooms to be connected to here it is showing. I do NOT want an outside disc or force to be able to get into my computer through this (and it seems what you suggest means it can). How can I make SURE it is removed - not from seeing it but literally NOT in use? Thank you!
  6. SharoanyPony macrumors newbie


    Jan 31, 2018
    Mine won’t do anything. Can’t right click, can’t drag, can’t eject, has no info.
  7. Creativeone1963 macrumors newbie


    Feb 11, 2018
    I also just had this show up on mine, and like LynnRose, I do not want any open access to my computer. I have not been able to remove it, even after trying to use the string in the Terminal that I've seen suggested. When it gets to the password it does not allow me to enter one.

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