Question about the Mac OS USB Flash Drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Tomato910, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2007
    Ok, so I'm sold on getting a new 11.6.

    My current first revision MBA packed up a few months ago and the hard drive needs replacing. I live in China and getting to an Apple store is quite a bit of hassle so I'd much rather do the job myself HOWEVER I don't know what to do with the HD once I've installed it into the MBA. I don't know anyone with install disks either. If I purchase my 11.6, I'll get the USB drive with it though.

    So, am I able to install Mac OS from the USB onto an old MBA with a completely new HD?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Most probably not, as it does not contain the right drivers. What about getting Snow Leopard for 29$?
  3. Gen
    macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2008
    The flash drive has Snow Leopard on it.

    Just boot from the flash drive and you'll be able to install
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Does that mean, that Mac OS X installation is not machine/model specific like the grey Restore DVDs?
  5. macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2009
    If I'm not mistaken, I remember reading someplace that the MBA's restore stick installs a (more or less) "customized" version of Mac OS X 10.6, designed just for the new MBA.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2007
    Why would I buy CDs if I could install far more conveniently from a flash drive?

    My local store will install the OS for me for free... it's just 1 hour getting there, a while explaining to them in Chinese what I need, then an hour or more to install, then an hour back... just wondering if I could avoid all this and just use the flash drive when I get it.

    So no one has attempted to use it in another device just yet?
  7. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    I thought there were other threads that said that it was device specific. People have tried to use the USB stick in other Macs and haven't been able to boot from it.

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