Using remote disc feature on Tiger

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DesiMaster, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. DesiMaster macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2008
    I have two computers in my house: one PC with DVD drive and one ibook with no DVD drive

    In my understanding, It is possible to share DVD's using my window's PC, but my question is the following:

    Is it possible for me to use the remote disc protocol used by the Macbook Air on my ibook?
    Is remote disc a Leopard only feature or is it a Macbook Air exclusive feature?

    Thanks for any help,
  2. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Not sure about MBA exclusive, but it is Leopard only I believe.
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    Nope, the Remote Disk client will run on Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, Windows XP, or Vista. However, only the MacBook Air can be used as a "server" (the computer where the disk appears). There may be hacks to allow the system to be used with other computers, but I'm not aware of any.

    If you need help reading particular DVDs with your iBook and are looking for options there, we can certainly suggest some alternatives.

    Edit: I just checked on my computers, and you can definitely remotely connect a DVD on one computer as a shared network drive on another using OS X's built-in file sharing. It doesn't appear as an optical disk, but that should be enough for most purposes. No Remote Disk needed. This may come in handy for me later on as my iBook doesn't have a DVD drive either... although its hard drive isn't much bigger than a DL-DVD.

    I can certainly run you through the process of doing so if you need help.

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