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How to share USB superdrive?

632 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jun 19, 2013 3:25 AM by Kryn Sporry RSS
Kryn Sporry Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 15, 2013 8:10 PM

I'm trying to share my Macbook air's USB superdrive with my iMac (the iMac's superdrive broke for the 3rd time in 2 years time). How can I do this?

I set my Macbook air to share it's external superdrive, but it doesn't shw up on my iMac as a remote drive. How can I do this? I read and it doesn't provide the solution.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (23,705 points)
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    Jun 16, 2013 9:18 PM (in response to Kryn Sporry)

    I believe you're out of luck.



  • b j t Level 4 Level 4 (3,670 points)
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    Jun 17, 2013 4:31 AM (in response to Kryn Sporry)

    In the link you posted-

    Instructions for DVD or CD Sharing and Remote Disc

    OS X disc instructions.

  • JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)
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    Jun 18, 2013 12:27 PM (in response to Kryn Sporry)
    The superdrive is connected to a USB port on a cinema display, which on its turn is connected to the macbook air.




    Your SuperDrive will need to be directly connected to your MacBook Air.  Unfortunately (and for reasons, which to this date years late, I have yet to understand) Apple has designed the SuperDrive to ONLY work with Macs which do not come with a built in SuperDrive.  There's some debate between it being something they've done with the USB ports or drivers... but regardless, it will only work plugged directly into the Air.


    With the SuperDrive connected to the Cinema Display... can you see it with your Air?  This is a bit of a unique configuration and I haven't heard of anyone trying to use a USB SuperDrive this way.


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