MacBook Air SOFTWARE REINSTALL DRIVE

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by GTghost, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

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    My friend gave me his MBA usb drive and I was wondering if there is a way to reformat it so i can use it as a storage flash drive. He said he knows someone who's done it before but he went to China.
     
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  3. MRU
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    How big a storage flash drive does it become then? Wondering as link does not work ;)
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    It should be fairly easy, just open disk utility (Applications>Utilities>Disk Utility) You have to plug in the stick and then select it, choose erase and check its FAT32 not OS X otherwise you'll change it to another mac HD rather than a storage device. Then click ok, this should work ok but check on youtube for guides etc.
     
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    it's an 8GB drive.
     
  6. macrumors 65816

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    why would you want to bother? :confused:
     
  7. MRU
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    Because they don't need the software and want an apple branded usb stick....
     
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    It's a strange idea to get rid of your installation drive. What will he do when his MBA fails and he needs that drive ?
     
  9. MRU
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    Use remote disc...

    Also the OP doesn't have a macbook air so it's of little concern to him ;)
     

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