Formatting MacBook Air Software Reinstall Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Jkarman8, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. Jkarman8
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    So, I just received my new MacBook Air 11" and love it! Though I no longer want the USB Software Reinstall Drive to contain the 10.6 and iLife '11 and I am looking for a way to format the USB thumb drive into a usable flash drive. I tried using the disk utility, but it only sees the drive like a CD containing the information and not like a flash drive, eliminating the simple option to just use the disk utility to erase.

    Hoping that someone can help me use this neat looking USB drive for something more than a piece of plastic I never pull back out of my box.

    Thanks for the ideas in advance!
     
  2. GoCubsGo
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    I'd give it a little longer, I'm sure someone will figure out what to do. However, you may be sorry if you ever need to reinstall your OS.
     
  3. alust2013
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    It's formatted to be read-only(unchangeable), so you're out of luck there. It is always a good idea to keep a restore disk (or drive in your case). Flash drives are pretty cheap, so if you need one, go pick up a 4GB drive for $20
     
  4. Jkarman8
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    Yeah, not too worried about the need for the restore drive, since my brother bought one at the same time; and I have multiple flash drives, but as nerdy as it may be, something about an Apple flash drive is pretty cool to me. I just figured since it was a flash drive, I'd be able to somehow format it, even though it is read-only, perhaps a third party program?
     
  5. David085
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    Let us know if you find a third party program to format the flash drive just curious if is possible.
     
  6. Jkarman8
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    The drive is definitely read-only and I haven't had much luck finding any programs that will be able to format it, any suggestions?
     
  7. David085
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    yeah let me have your :apple: macbook air :) is my only suggestion j/k
     
  8. Darth.Titan
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    I doubt there ever will be a way around it. The read-only functionality is imbedded in the hardware. I've received similar write only flash drives containing promotional materials, and computers basically see them as CDs. I don't think you can bypass it.
     

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