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My daughter bought a cheap Windows PC a couple of years back to play the online game Final Fantasy XI. The company recently released a game expansion, but the software is on a DVD and her computer does not have a DVD drive. After trying to share the DVD drive from another PC and failing, we gave up on a pure Windows solution.

So we put the DVD in my Mac laptop's drive, and after it mounted, I opened Terminal and created a Unix link in my public directory to the DVD.

cd ~/Public
ln -s /Volumes/FFXI

Once her PC located the shared drive on my Mac, she could install the software as if the DVD drive was part of her computer.
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Share a Mac DVD drive to a Windows PC
Authored by: jctull on Apr 28, '06 09:38:24AM

The link you show is not being created in the public directory. You moved to the public directory, then you made your link in the root disk's Volumes directory. I would expect that all of your shared volumes were available to the PC, not just the one that you thought was in your Public folder.



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Share a Mac DVD drive to a Windows PC
Authored by: hypert on Apr 28, '06 10:03:12AM

Tha man page for "ln" (as well as my own experience) says to me that this will work as intended. A symlink will be created in ~/Public that points to the DVD (/Volumes/FFXI). PC users mounting that person's SMB share will have access to that DVD. Note that I believe this will only give them access to that specific DVD, not the whole DVD drive. If you put another disc in, that link will be broken.

Also, don't forget about the wonderful SharePoints tool for sharing any folder/directory/drive, not just your homedir.



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Wrong I'm afraid
Authored by: jeremyp on Apr 30, '06 04:04:38PM

jeremyp@pamela:jeremyp$ ls /Volumes/
Macintosh HD Untitled
jeremyp@pamela:jeremyp$ mkdir Public
jeremyp@pamela:jeremyp$ cd Public/
jeremyp@pamela:Public$ ls    
jeremyp@pamela:Public$ ln -s /Volumes/Untitled 
jeremyp@pamela:Public$ ls 
Untitled
jeremyp@pamela:Public$ 


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Wrong I'm afraid
Authored by: shand11 on Sep 11, '06 04:18:39PM

Can you give a little more explination on this please?

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Share a Mac DVD drive to a Windows PC
Authored by: peragrin on Apr 28, '06 09:47:54AM

Actually my thought on that was to use the target disk mode of the mac. reboot into target disk mode and pop the disk in the drive. Windows should show it as a normal external device.



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I thought once I was found but it was only a dream



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Share a Mac DVD drive to a Windows PC
Authored by: AquaX on Apr 28, '06 11:20:23AM

If it's a PC that's cheap enough to not have a DVD drive, I'd be surprised if it had a Firewire port.



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Share a Mac DVD drive to a Windows PC
Authored by: digitol on Apr 28, '06 12:52:28PM

Cool hint. You can't Target disk mode to a PC because mac format. Unless you have macdrive software for PC



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Share a Mac DVD drive to a Windows PC
Authored by: las_vegas on May 02, '06 10:47:46PM

Of course, you're right. You can't Target Disk Mode the Mac's hard drive to the PC because of the format, but you can Target Disk Mode the optical drive. The PC will simply ignore the Mac's HD and accept any DVD in Windows compatible format.



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Share a Mac DVD drive to a Windows PC
Authored by: sapridyne on Apr 28, '06 04:06:25PM

Easier solution -- make an ISO using toast or Disk Utility, copy the file to the PC, and use the freeware Windows app DaemonTools to mount it.

Sapridyne



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Share a Mac DVD drive to a Windows PC
Authored by: rocteur on Apr 29, '06 02:55:40AM

How can making an ISO be an easier solution ???



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Share a Mac DVD drive to a Windows PC
Authored by: sapridyne on May 01, '06 08:14:41AM

Uh... if creating an ISO is difficult to you -- or harder than the hint -- don't take my suggestion.

Sapridyne



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Share a Mac DVD drive to a Windows PC
Authored by: rocteur on Apr 29, '06 03:01:14AM

I actually tried this 2 weeks ago when Garmin brough out City Navigator 8 on DVD and the old notebook I'm using for Windows stuff only has as CDROM, when I tried to install, it said, permission denied on Windows. (Wintendo2000).

I then copied the content of the DVD to the Windows PC drive and reran the installation from there and that worked. I wonder what made the installer give me permission denied ? Perhaps windows was trying to write to read only mount ?



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Share a Mac DVD drive to a Windows PC
Authored by: MurphyM on Feb 22, '07 07:13:47AM
This is an excellent tip. I used it to share an iPod connected to a Mac. The iPod is mac-formatted but I can sit at a PC and copy vcf contacts and other files onto it directly.

Details here:

http://murphymac.com/creating-mac-shares

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Share a Mac DVD drive to a Windows PC
Authored by: digitaloxygen.ca on Feb 28, '07 05:36:57PM

I am looking for a way to do a "generic" DVD mount if that makes sense. Basically I want to setup a share that always points to the DVD drive regardless of what disc is inserted so I don't have to go back and recreate the share (i.e. change the disk name in the share) every time I put a new disk in.

Any ideas on how I could do that? I suppose I could create a shell script or apple script file to do it (i.e. change the share to match the current disk) each time it's run, but that sucks.



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