Remote Disc is a Mac feature that lets you view and access files on a Mac or PC with an optical drive from a Mac that doesn’t have one.
Yes, an external CD/DVD drive works just fine and iCloud (as well as other cloud-based services) have made it easy to transfer files digitally. But in a pinch, you might just want to access files from a disc on another computer.
Here are the minimum requirements you need to take note of before setting up Remote Sharing:
Most importantly, the Mac you are trying to access a Remote Disc from can’t have a built-in optical drive. If it does, you just won’t see Remote Disc as an option in Finder. The disc you are trying to access must also support Remote Disc. Remote Disc does not support certain types of media, mainly copy-protected media like movies and music. You can’t access audio CDs, Blu-ray or DVD movies, copy-protected games, recordable CDs or DVDs that you want to burn or erase, and Microsoft installation discs.
Setting Up Remote Sharing on Mac
From one Mac to another, Remote Disc is just about as simple as can be. It’s just a matter of checking a box in your Mac’s System Preferences.
STEP 1: On the Mac that has an optical drive, click the Apple menu icon.
STEP 2: Select System Preferences.
STEP 3: Click on Sharing.
STEP 4: Check the box next to DVD or CD Sharing.
STEP 5: To protect your content, check the box next to Ask me before allowing others to use my DVD drive.
NOTE: When CD or DVD sharing is on, a green light will appear on the Sharing page.
Setting Up Remote Sharing on a Windows PC
Sharing your CD or DVD drive from a PC is not any harder than sharing from a Mac, but you do have to install some additional software first.
STEP 1: Download and install Apple’s DVD or CD Sharing software onto the PC.
STEP 2: Once installed, go to your PC’s Control Panel.
STEP 3: Click on Hardware and Sound.
STEP 4: Click on DVD or CD Sharing Options.
STEP 5: Check the box for DVD or CD Sharing.
STEP 6: To protect your content, check the box next to Ask me before allowing others to use my DVD drive.
NOTE: If your PC has firewall enabled, add ODSAgent and RemoteInstallMacOSX on the list of programs your firewall will allow.