Sharing Drives.

By azki
Jan 16, 2008
  1. Hi all! ive been reading here for awhile and now that i need help i decided to make an account.

    Well heres the issue, My CD/DVD ROM drive has died on me. about a week ago to be exact, and im broke right now. yup. hehe, So i decided id'e just use my sisters cd/dvd rom drive via network, i can share Hard Drives, but how do i share a CD/ROM drive so that its reconised as a cd/rom drive on my computer?

    mainly the reason for this is i just got sims 2 and i want to play arghh! and you cant just share her drive then run the setup off it, it just gives me a error when the setup should start.. so i need to actually have a like..yeah how do i share a cd drive..

    So its shown as a cd drive in My Computer.

  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I think sharing a CD drive across the network, is just viewing a shared folder (therefore it won't work)

    Better to purchase another drive

    In you still want to Share the drive
    just place a disc in it (close any autorun) right click and select sharing
    (Note File and print sharing must be enabled firstly)
    Just google Windows share CD/DVD over the network
  3. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,209   +424

    If I remember correctly EA does a pretty nasty job of trying to make sure you have the legit CD in the drive it was installed from. Not sure you're going to be able to easily AND legally get around that. Not sure what their policies about creating disk images look like.
  4. azki

    azki TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hmmm well i dont get payed for another month.. so im screwed?

    her drives shared, and its just a shared folder, i select autorun, and up setup pops. chuck the cd key in, hit next, choose the setup Directory, click next, then i get a EAAUTORUN.exe error...damnit!?? any suggestions?
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Borrow her drive !

    Really that's impatience though !
  6. azki

    azki TS Rookie Topic Starter

    she wont let me ahaha. im like " umm.. just nicking your drive for like..15 minutes? " and shes like " F OFF!! " im like.. okay... ill just block youtube, and shes like, you cant, Hah

    haha she just screamed " UNBLOCK IT " ahahahaha
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Stop remote sharing her files !!! :)
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,672   +1,871

    Get a CD emulator program.....

    Borrow a drive once, and allow the CD Emulator to build files of the CDs. Two programs that come to mind are "Virtual Drive" and "Daemon Tools". Myself I would go for the paid one "Virtual Drive", by Farstone Software. But that's just me.
  9. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    on her machine enable file sharing of the cd or dvd drive
    on your machine map the drive
    when you do the share thing call it optical drive so you know cause windowz just sees a letter
    to access there has to be a disc in it or it acts offline
    I have one setup like that nothing wrong it works
  10. azki

    azki TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Oh my god. Sims 2 is installing.. :)

    Mate..Thanks!!!! like.. Really? um not sure if its goin to actually work, but ill post back if it does/doesnt? Alright thanks alot
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,704   +397

    I think what samstoned said about mapping the shared drive should work, I've never tried it myself though. Thought about tryign it several years ago when not every computer had a dvd drive.
  12. azki

    azki TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hmm didnt think it was going to work. Thanks anyway,

    it installs, asks for disk 2, so i go put it in, click next, it says it cant find TSDATA/res so i think...hmmm, so i go put disk 1 back in click retry, and it gets to 45% on disk one, then says it cant find a file, so i go put disk 2 in, half a second later it wants disk 3 , so i go put it in, says it cant find a file, so i put disk 1 in, and it gets to 86%, then it says it cant find a file, so i go put disk 3 in, half a second later, it asks for disk 4, so i go put disk 4 in, says its mising a file. so i go put disk 1 back in, and wallah, finished installation of sims 2 with 1 disk. one problem, only 25% of the data is on my computer cos of that disk issue...hmm
  13. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    if your machine has no dvd
    you need to load the files like data then use a optical drive emulator
    like daemon tools to run
    the mapping sees drive optical as a reg hdd
    and if disc has protection it will not load
    the copy thing should work and or image the disc to drive
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