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Hey everyone,

Just got myself my first ever MAC (iMac 27" 3.2 i3). Always had PCs but decided to jump the fence this time. I am hoping to understand what people mean when they say "Macs just work!!!"

Anyways I have a question and hope im posting it in the right place.

I have a laptop (Win XP Pro) that does not have an optical drive. I have a printer attached to it and a CD to install the drivers.

I was hoping to just put the CD into my mac and grab the files I wanted and copy them onto a USB or network drive but when I put the CD in all I can see is the Installation folders for the mac.

Is there anyway to see the windows files I need?

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Depends on how the disc is wrtten but you should be able to see them in Finder.

If not, why not just download the Printer drivers from the manufacturers website?

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I was not able to see them in finder but I know it has installs on it for OSx and windows as I got hold of another Laptop (win xp) with a cd drive and I could see the windows and OSx files.

I got the files off the internet in the end but it took over 2hrs as my internet was playing up.

Although I have worked around it in this cause I would still like to know if there is a way to do it?
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It depends on what format the installation disk is using but generally you can see Windows folders and files in the Finder and can copy them to a flash drive or external drive. I do that all the time. However, some disks which have both OS X and Windows installations on them will "hide" the other operation system.
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Cheers for the replies, appreciate the help.

Even if the windows partition is hidden from OSx surly there is a way to view/extract these files. I can think of several programs on the windows platform to do exactly this but am havin a no luck on google finding any on osx as it's just popping up multiple boot OS etc. ...
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Cheers for the replies, appreciate the help.

Even if the windows partition is hidden from OSx surly there is a way to view/extract these files. I can think of several programs on the windows platform to do exactly this but am havin a no luck on google finding any on osx as it's just popping up multiple boot OS etc. ...


I know this is an old thread and probably you already have a new printer, anyway, I found a solution as I was struggling with the same issue:

Mount CD-ROMs as a Windows user would see them - Mac OS X Hints
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