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I replaced the optical drive in my 2009 MacBook Pro with an SSD drive. I have enabled CD & DVD Sharing on another computer (running OS X 10.7.5) on my local network and inserted a data CD, but Remote Disc doesn't show up in the Finder sidebar on the MacBook Pro (running OS X 10.8.2). I'm assuming this is because the machine originally shipped with an optical drive. Can I enable Remote Disc on the MBP?

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I've had to do this on an iMac with a failed optical drive before.


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

... then reboot, and hopefully the option will then show up in Finder > Preferences > Sidebar.

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Worked a treat. Thanks! – SSteve May 17 '13 at 23:18
@SSteve Excellent! – Ashley May 18 '13 at 9:48

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