View Full Version : How do I use one cd drive on two networked computers?

29-04-2003, 05:52 PM
I have networked two computers together, but only one has a cd drive. I can access the cd drive from both computers but the computer without the cd drive doesnt recognise the drive as a cd-rom drive.

What can I do?

29-04-2003, 05:57 PM
Do you have to use the functions as a CD ROM drive? It can still read the data on the drive without it looking like a CD ROm drive.

29-04-2003, 06:32 PM

As a workaround remove the cd drive and fit to the second computer
Ensure both computers a switched off when this is done.
Start the computer with the cd drive.
repeat when required by the first computer.

An alternative solution is to purchase another cd drive.

29-04-2003, 06:45 PM
is that a problem ???? ;-)

as long as your not trying to to rip cd's or burn cd's it shouldn't be much of a problem. just access it as a you would any other drive.

30-04-2003, 08:54 PM
It does read the data without it looking like a cd drive, but I do need it to function like a proper cd drive, If you know how to set it as a proper drive so that it is recognised by my computer as a drive not a file then I would appreciate it if you could tell me how.

30-04-2003, 09:00 PM
The drive is in my dads computer and I dont think he would be too pleased if I kept on taking it out of his computer and putting it into mine. Also I have a slimline Compaq computer case so I cant fit his cd drive in my computer, I would need a slim cd drive or an external one, neither of which I have the money for at the moment. I can afford a normal size internal drive though, so if I it is possible to use an internal cd drive externally that would probably be the best solution. I would only need to get a few cables from Dick Smith Electronics or a similar store. I dont however want to run the drive in an external drive bay, they are too expensive.

30-04-2003, 09:18 PM
both comp have a network card then get them to work w/ each other.
double click on network neighborhood and map the cd drive (right click??) - that cd drive need to be shared on that pc b4. when u map it, it will be like g: or such as..... u can plock a cd in it and access it using the other pc.

use a crossover cable. ms network installed, ms network logon, printer and file sharing installed - all under control panel --> network. click add if not there already. may need the windows cd. same password and username need to be installed on both PCs. u have to logon when accessing the drive via the network. tell us how u get on....

u know how to network rite?? i suggest both to have 100 speed network cards....


30-04-2003, 09:18 PM
Share the cd - refer to MS for setting up a Workgroup

For installation of Windows
Access the drive using a DOS boot disk with network drivers relating to the Compaq network card - search Google for how to create/obtain one

In Windows
Create a Workgroup - use the same name as above
For access to the cd create a mapped drive in My Computer - refer MS for this.
The cd will appear as a 'normal' shared drive with the following restrictions:
No autorun on the Compaq - not possible to access the hardware on another computer
No write access - not possible to write to a read-only cd and for the above reason. Also CD burning is not possible from the Compaq.

30-04-2003, 09:22 PM
sorry did not read question carefully. so u have networked. well done :D
does not recognised. well use a cd clone proggy. maybe someone knows one or else google it. should be able to clone via the network drive. i have a dvd/cd drive on each pc :p

01-05-2003, 10:30 PM

Get a long IDE cable - custom made may be required - and a power cable extension. A custom made speaker cable may also be necessary.
Ensure antistatic precautions are taken.

Position carefully and connect the CD drive.

All care and no responsibility

Iain Walmsley
01-05-2003, 11:14 PM
> Get a long IDE cable - custom made may be required -
> and a power cable extension.

Sounds like a solution born in desperate times ;-)