Sharing CDROM drive...!


macrumors 68000
Original poster
Jan 13, 2005
Hi there,

I have an iBook with a CD/DVD combo drive, and a PC laptop which has no optical drive (it's a tiny laptop, 900g).

I'd like to be able to install some software on the PC laptop from CDROM, and would like to use my iBook's drive and share it across the network. Is this possible? How do I do it? On Windows XP it only takes a few seconds to set this up. Hopefully it's this easy on a Mac too.

Thanks in advance...


macrumors 68030
Jan 8, 2005
On the moon.
Share the two computers and just drag the stuff from the CD-ROM to the iBooks internal HD/shared folder then to the PCs HDD/shared folder and install from there.


macrumors regular
Sep 23, 2006
sharing CD

I haven't tried it, but if you can share it on the network, you can "Map" it as a drive on your windows box...



macrumors newbie
Oct 27, 2006
Hillsboro, OR
I figured out how to share my CD/DVD on my PB:

I needed to share my CD/DVD on my 12" powerbook to a Linux box.
The Mac-side of this will be the same for sharing to windows:

1) On the Mac (10.4), I created an account called "guest"

2) I enabled "Windows Sharing" under the "Sharing" section of System Prefs. Towards the bottom of this window, make note of the URL
which indicates your share location. In my case it was:
\\canderson\guest as my machine's name is (obviously) canderson.

3) Then (as root) from the command line in a Terminal window I created a
symlink to the Volume in the guest account's home directory:

ln -s /Volumes/CDROM /Users/guest

* Note: You'll need to have enabled the root account. I did this using
the Netinfo Manager it the Utilities folder.

4) Now on the Linux box, I could remotely mount the guest account's
home directory, which now contains a link to the CDROM and it works great:

* As root on the linux box, create a mount point, IE: /mnt/mac)

Then type:
mount -t smbfs -o username=guest,password=(Guest password) \\canderson\guest /mnt/mac

ls /mnt/mac
CDROM Desktop Documents Library Movies Music Pictures Public Sites


With Windoze, I should be able to do a Start->Run
and type: \\canderson and see a list of the shares. I haven't
tried this since I have no M$ boxes handy.

Hope this helps!