Sharing CDROM drive...!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by PCMacUser, Oct 6, 2006.

  1. PCMacUser macrumors 68000


    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...
  2. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    I don't think it's possible to share the iBook's internal drive with the PC, or any other computer for that matter.
  3. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    You can't (as far as I know) share the drive itself, but you can share the volume using SharePoints.
  4. ReanimationLP 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.
  5. ddekker 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...

  6. EnanitoVerde 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!

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