Solved

Share a Mac Superdrive to Windows

Posted on 2013-12-01
5
1,849 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
While I'm able to share Mac folders and drives to my Windows machine, I can't seem to figure out how to share my Superdrive to Windows.   Under the sharing options in system preferences, I do have "DVD or CD sharing' selected but when I connect to the Mac machine from Windows, only the shared files and folders show up and not the DVD drive.  I'm running Mavericks 10.9 on the Mac and Windows 8.1 on the PC.
0
Comment
Question by:markbyrn
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 18

Expert Comment

by:web_tracker
ID: 39689149
The external drive super drive may be formatted differently and windows is unable to recognize what format the documents are on this drive. Although Mac can read a Fat32 or a NTFS file system, a windows machine is not able to read media that is formated with a mac file system.
0
 
LVL 18

Expert Comment

by:web_tracker
ID: 39689154
Read the following article to explain why a windows machine can not read mac media http://www.mediafour.com/macdrive101whydoineedmacdrive
0
 
LVL 3

Author Comment

by:markbyrn
ID: 39689165
Just to clarify, I'm not hooking up the Superdrive to the Windows machine - the Superdrive is connected to the Mac machine and it's being shared on the network.  I understand that Windows can't read a Mac formatted drive but it can and does read/write Mac folders and files that are shared on the network without problem except for the DVD drive.
0
 
LVL 40

Accepted Solution

by:
Eoin OSullivan earned 500 total points
ID: 39690434
The "DVD or CD sharing" option in OSX System Preferences is not designed to allow Windows PC users to be able to browse the contents of the disc in the drive.
It is actually a feature to allow Apple Laptops or Apple iMacs without a DVD to access an install DVD in another Mac to perform an OSX install or update.
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5287?viewlocale=fr_fr

If you want to access a DVD inserted in an OSX laptop or desktop you can SHARE the disc as follows:

In the Sharing Preferences .. look at the FILE SHARING section
Press the OPTIONS button to ensure that SMB sharing is enabled
In the right panel press the + to add the DVD Drive (a disc must be inserted at the time) and you should be able to add to the list of shared folders .. and in the right column you can set what users can access and their read&write permissions (clearly the write permissions are irrelevant on a pre-burned DVD)
0
 
LVL 3

Author Closing Comment

by:markbyrn
ID: 39690517
Perfect solution - exactly what I needed.  Thanks much.
0

Featured Post

Ransomware-A Revenue Bonanza for Service Providers

Ransomware – malware that gets on your customers’ computers, encrypts their data, and extorts a hefty ransom for the decryption keys – is a surging new threat.  The purpose of this eBook is to educate the reader about ransomware attacks.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In this article we discuss how to recover the missing Outlook 2011 for Mac data like Emails and Contacts manually.
Today, still in the boom of Apple, PC's and products, nearly 50% of the computer users use Windows as graphical operating systems. If you are among those users who love windows, but are grappling to keep the system's hard drive optimized, then you s…
The goal of this Micro Tutorial is to help navigate beginning users with the app store on Windows 8. It will explain exciting features how to maximize your PC through these apps. This will be demonstrated using Windows 8 operating system.
The viewer will learn how to successfully download and install the SARDU utility on Windows 8, without downloading adware.

617 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question