Erasing Macbook Air reinstall flash drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by DoubleApple, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi there

    Is there any way to erase the Macbook Air reinstall drive so that it can be used as a normal usb flash drive ? Its not possible from disk utility, the option is greyed out !

    any ideas ? has anyone actually done this ?

    Thanks
     
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    alust2013

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    I have heard that it is possible, but I very strongly recommend against it. That will cause problems, should you ever need to reinstall your OS.
     
  3. macrumors member

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    I also would advise against erasing the OS from the drive. Depending on your setup, having it in tact will likely prove more beneficial in an emergency situation. Plus, I can't imagine not wanting to buy/use a drive that can hold so much more.
     
  4. macrumors 604

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    Strong odds would say that 2 days after you somehow manage to erase the reinstall drive you will manage to mung up the OS on the SSD and need to re-install.

    USB drives are cheap; go buy one if you need space.
     
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    Lord Appleseed

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    When I saw the title my first impression was "WHY?!"

    Seriously, flash memory in that size is cheap, why delete an important OS backup?
     
  6. macrumors member

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    My exact thoughts. How big is the apple drive? 8GB? Aren't those like $25?

    If it is about size, I have a tiny flash drive that was very cheap.
     
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    Gemütlichkeit

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    I thought the chips were read only.
     
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    Kissaragi

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    Its probably only a smallish drive, 4gb? You could buy a new one for about £5
     
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    alecgold

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    I understand what he is talking about. It's a cool neck USB key.
    But I wouldn't want to do is erase the backup. Couldn't you copy all the files from the apple-stick to another?
     
  10. macrumors G3

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    What happens if you have to restore your Air? Thumb drives of that size are super cheap.
     
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    nunes013

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    so i found a tool that can erase the thumb drive and reformat it to use a storage device.

    my friend sold me his for $10 because he said he didnt want it. so i tried to wipe it using the program and after i finished it said it couldnt reformat and now mac os x and windows wont recognize it. windows sees it but says it has malfunctioned and it wont show up in the explorer window of mycomputer. does anyone know what could have happened to it and how i might be able to fix it. heres the link to the tool. it works because there are other reports of people confirming it

    http://mckaywei.com/how-to-format-macbook-airs-usb-drive-and-restore-it/
     
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    InsanelyApple

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    Actually only $7.61 on Amazon if you know how to look. ;)

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0..._m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0CMERX4P1GZ2MJKDYEG6

    18 dollars would buy you a 16GB flash drive. :D

    http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Cruzer-Flash-Drive-SDCZ36-016G-A11/dp/B001T99ZTI/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_b

    To tell you the truth, I don't think I've seen any flash drive that costs more than 20 dollars unless you buy in a retail store and pay the "Walmart Tax".
     
  13. macrumors member

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    i think u can either use disk utility or idk lol sorry i am not specialized on usbs
     
  14. macrumors 65816

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    this question has been asked and dealt with before in other threads
    (MRoogle is your friend here - http://goo.gl/2ZX2z)

    for example:

    answer 1 - why the flip would you want to bother?
    answer 2 - you will be erasing your only means of system restore
    answer 3 - buy a similar capacity usb stick and don't be such a scrooge
     
  15. macrumors regular

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    Reformatting the Air's memory stick

    A solution has been posted here. Before reformatting, you should make a disk image of the Air. stick just in case. Note that the Air stick is seen as a DVD by the OS—no Mac will boot from a standard USB memory drive. Read the entire thread above.

    It would probably be best to wait to reformat the stick instead of tossing it after it becomes obsolete.;)

    skinny*k
     
  16. macrumors 6502

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    look for the tuff-n-tiny usb drive. it is smaller then the apple one. I have had it on my key chain for 2 years and it still works perfect.
     

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