How to use CD/DVD drive on either Mac or Windows

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Symptoms:

I inserted a CD/DVD into my Mac's drive and want this CD/DVD to be shown in my Windows virtual machine as a CD/DVD drive, not as a network resource with the disk's data.

Resolution:

How to connect the CD/DVD to the virtual machine:

  1. Start Parallels Desktop and launch your virtual machine.
  2. In Mac menu bar, click on Actions > Configure.
  3. Open Hardware tab and then click on CD/DVD 1
  4. In Source box choose Default CD/DVD .

How to connect the CD/DVD back to Mac:

  1. Start Parallels Desktop and launch your virtual machine.
  2. In Mac menu bar, click on Actions (Virtual Machine in older versions) > Configure.
  3. Open Hardware tab and open CD/DVD 1
  4. Change Source to Disconnected.

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