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Chapter 7. Sharing Printers and Other Pe... > Sharing a Removable Disk Drive

Sharing a Removable Disk Drive

On a home network, you can share removable disk drives, such as CD, CD-RW, or Zip drives, so that other computers on the network can use them. Sharing a removable disk drive is very handy if you would like all the computers on your network to be able to access a removable disk drive but you don’t want to purchase and install a separate drive for each computer. In addition, if there is a certain CD that you frequently use, such as a Microsoft Office installation CD, you can keep the disk in a shared CD drive on an idle computer on your network. Then when you need to access the CD, you don’t have to manually track it down and load it into your computer—instead, you can simply access the shared CD drive over the network.

In this exercise, you have a CD that you would like to make available to other computers on the network. To do this, you will share the CD drive from your Windows XP computer, insert the CD that you want to share, and then access the CD from a Windows 98 Second Edition computer over the network.


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