OSX Lion thumb drive to be shipped with MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by macneubie, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. macneubie macrumors regular

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    As above, they just released this flash drive installer in the online store.
     
  2. Minhthien macrumors 6502

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    No! For sale only!
     
  3. macneubie thread starter macrumors regular

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    that sucks... previous 2010 release they included a flash drive why not this release.... :confused:
     
  4. Steamrunner macrumors member

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    Because the Lion re-installer is built into the system. No thumb drive needed - unless you don't have a decent interwebs connection...
     
  5. PPFee macrumors 6502

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    I am guessing their response to the question would highlight the new airs recovery partition and internet recovery option and how that should take care of most situations... I completely understand the comfort that comes with having physical media for installations. You can always create your own OS X recovery thumb Drive, DVD, etc.
     
  6. macneubie thread starter macrumors regular

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    they can't always assume internet access is always present when need to do recovery.
     
  7. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Which is why if you go into the Apple store, be nice and polietly have words with the genius bar staff - explain you do not have broadband or will be traveling etc, and they may be able to give you a courtesy usb stick for re-installation. It is at their discretion.
     
  8. Steamrunner macrumors member

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    They can assume that for the majority of cases it is - for those that don't have access, they have the ability to do it in-store, send out a USB key, or have you send the laptop in. Just like any other repair.
     
  9. tbobmccoy macrumors 6502a

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    Or use the backup to USB utility Apple released a week or so ago. I have a USB key loaded with my backup in my MBA's box right now :)
     
  10. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    Apple's tool to create a recovery USB thumb drive still requires Internet access when doing the recovery. It duplicates the recovery partition/Internet recovery software, not a whole Lion installation.

    So you'll be quite surprised when you try to recover your Mac with it and without Internet access I bet. ;)
     
  11. urkel macrumors 68030

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    1) That recovery utility still requires internet since its actually just "the recovery partition on a stick" and not actually the full meal

    2) That recovery utility is for Lion upgraders and doesnt actually work on machines pre-installed with Lion


    BTW. I saved myself $70 by making my own Apple branded Lion USB Stick out of the one that came with the old Air.
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    They're locked down but this thread helped me unlock it and turn it into a standard 8GB USB stick. The only problem is that Apple didnt practice waht they preach and released 10.7.1 as a software update and the Mac App Store version is still stuck at 10.7 so it still wont work for 2011 Air/Mini users.
     
  12. alecgold macrumors 6502a

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    I have a reasonable 8 mbit connection, but even then it takes 2.5 hours to download the whole, and then 33minutes to install. When I had the dvd or usb-stick it would take 35-40 minutes to install. quite a difference.
    My new 11" i7 is really nice, everything I expected and even a bit more. But because I FUBARed it while migrating, I needed to reinstall lion. And that wasn't very funny.
     
  13. jsolares macrumors 6502a

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    Well the build number is still different between my iMac and the Air after updating to 10.7.1 so it still wouldn't work even if the MAS version were at 10.7.1
     

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