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MacBook Air's remote disc-drive sharingBrian Tong shows you how to set up your MacBook Air to use another computer's optical drive.
^M00:00:01 [ Music ] ^M00:00:13 >> Hey what's up guys, I'm Brian Tong for cnet.com and here's an Insider Secret for Apple's MacBook Air. Now you probably all know that that MacBook Air has no optical drive so we're going to walk you through the process of using a remote disk drive from another computer to share your CD's or DVD's, and this works on either a Mac or a PC. Now the first thing you're going to need is the MacBook Air MacOS 10 Install Disk. It comes with all the goodies that come with the MacBook Air and you're going to want to insert this disk into the computer you'll be using as a remote disk drive. We're going to be using a PC here. Now once the disk loads, you'll want to install the DVD or CD sharing option that appears. Now when that's done, click on the start button and get to the Start menu and then go to the Control panels to ask your system preferences. Now when you're in the Control panels, you'll want to click on the DVD or CD sharing option. It will have a CD icon so you'll be able to recognize it. Now you'll need to click on the box to enable DVD or CD sharing, and you'll also have the ability to require permission before others use your computer's drive. Now once that's done we can put in any CD or DVD in the drive, you'll see it appear in the finder on the MacBook Air and you'll be able to install new applications or watch DVD's. Voila. So there's the walkthrough for setting up your MacBook Air to remotely use another computer's DVD or CD drive. I'm Brian Tong for cnet.com with your Insider Secret for the day. ^M00:01:33 [ Music ] ^M00:01:37