Release DVD drive in the network and use it in the network

Not all computers have a CD, DVD or Blu-ray drive. If you have a computer with Windows 10, you can also use another PC via the network share without additional software. We will show you how this works in this guide.

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1 Share DVD drive on the network

2 Share DVD drive in Windows 10 on the network

3 CD drive access over the network

4 If sharing doesn't work

Share DVD drive on network

Nowadays most of the latest laptops come without a CD, DVD drive. The USB stick has practically replaced computer drives. Nevertheless, it can still happen that you want to transfer data from a CD or a DVD drive to the computer.

One option is to use an external drive that can be connected to the computer via the USB port .

However, if you do not have an external drive, you can share it on a computer with a CD,
DVD or Blu-ray drive on the network and use it with all existing PCs.

Share DVD drive in Windows 10 on network

In order to be able to access the DVD drive from the other PCs, it must first be released in the network. To do this, do the following:

1. Start Windows Explorer e.g. B. with the key combination Windows + E .
2. Click on “This PC” so that all connected drives are displayed.
3. Right click   on the DVD drive and select “Properties” from the drop-down menu.
4. In the opened window, click on “Sharing” at the top and then click on the “Advanced Sharing…” button .
5. Check “Share this folder ”.
6. Give the share a name.
7. One click on OKthe release is set up and the drive is available in the network .

From now on, the link is available in the properties of the network path. We need that on the computer without a drive that can access it. Example: In our example it is: \\Home-pc\dvd

Release DVD drive in the network and use it in the network

access the CD drive over the network

When you're done sharing the drive, start the computer that doesn't have a drive.

 

Integrate the DVD drive on another computer via the network, this is how it works:

1. Start Windows Explorer e.g. B. with the key combination Windows + E.
2. Click on “This PC”.
3. Click on "Map network drive" at the top.

Release DVD drive in the network and use it in the network


4. In the small window that opens, look for a drive letter.
5. In the “Folder” field, enter the network path of the computer sharing the drive.

In our example it is: \\Home-pc\dvd

Click “Finish”.

Release DVD drive in the network and use it in the network

You will be asked for your access data. Here you have to enter the data from the computer where the drive is installed.

From now on, the CD DVD or Blu-ray drive will be displayed in the Windows 10 Explorer. It is important to know that the speed of data transmission depends on the network value.

If sharing doesn't work

If Windows 10 cannot find the drive on the network then file sharing is disabled. To do this, do the following :

  1. Opens the control panel. The easiest way is to press the key combination [Windows key] + [X].
  2. Under  Network and Internet  , click  View network status and tasks .
  3. Click  Change advanced sharing settings on the left .
  4. Click Current Profile.
  5. Under Network  discovery, select  Turn on network discovery  .
  6. For  file and printer sharing  , select the Turn  on file and printer sharing option .
  7. Finally, click  Save Changes .

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