How to enable Remote Disc 

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The MacBook Air and the latest Mac Mini don't have an internal SuperDrive, but can share a DVD or a CD from another Mac.

At the time or writing, this is not true for the MacBook Pro. My previous post explains how to use the MacBook Air SuperDrive with any Mac, but you might be interested to simply mount a DVD/CD from another Mac (or Windows conmputer).

Type the following commands in Terminal to enable Remote Disc to appear in your Finder sidebar:

defaults write EnableODiskBrowsing -bool true
defaults write ODSSupported -bool true

… and restart your Mac.

This is useful tip when you've swapped out your optical drive from your MacBook Pro.

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  • 07 Nov 2012


    How do i disable it after use?

  • 18 May 2014

    Thank you so very much for posting this, David! I’m currently installing the disc version of iLife on my MacBook Pro with the SuperDrive swapped out for an SSD. Suffice it to say that you saved me some serious time and pain today, thanks!

  • 18 May 2014

    @Dries : you’re most welcome :) Thanks for posting your comment. Enjoy your new setup!