View Full Version : how do you share optical drives?

02-03-2004, 06:45 PM
Is it possible to share optical drives over a network? I would like to burn files from one computer by using a cd-rw on another computer. Could this be done?

I have a Linksys router and both system have Windows XP installed.

Paul Komski
02-03-2004, 07:27 PM
Not generally recommended unless you are fond of coasters.

Though there is a Linux approach:-
http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/tutorials/4439/1/ and http://joerghaeger.de/webCDwriter/

02-03-2004, 11:52 PM
I don't think this will work, becuase the burning software will not recognize the drive in a remote computer, at least none that I know of.

02-05-2004, 03:45 AM
If you're talking about CDR/W it will work. Just setup the CDR/W drive for sharing and on the other computer go to My Network Places. Then on the left in Network Tasks, click View workgroup computers and click on the computer that has the CDR/W drive. Right click the CDR/W drive and select Map Network Drive... Now you can just go to My computer and open the drive to past your file or you can put a shortcut in the "Send to" folder. Then all you'll need to do is right click the file you want to copy and send it to the CDR/W drive, just like you would a floppy. If you need help with the "Send to" folder let me know.

02-09-2004, 12:02 PM
I believe that you will also need to install the burning software on the remote machine. Then let it know where to find the cdrw on the network. It works that way with printers so should be similar.

02-10-2004, 04:35 AM
If you want to burn CDR's (maybe, not sure if that'll even work. haven't tryed it) but not so if you just want to use CDRW's. It works perfect on my wife's computer, with out any CD writer program installed.