Formatting MacBook Air Software Reinstall Drive

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

  1. macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2007
    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. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    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. macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    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. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2007
    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. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 9, 2009
    Let us know if you find a third party program to format the flash drive just curious if is possible.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2007
    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. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 9, 2009
    yeah let me have your :apple: macbook air :) is my only suggestion j/k
  8. macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    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.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011

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