Turn Your MacBook Air’s Restore Drive Into A Regular Flash Drive

If you purchased one of Apple’s MacBook Air laptops back when it came with a flash drive for restoration purposes, that drive is now a little obsolete with the release of Lion (should you decide to upgrade). Fortunately there’s a method to turn it into a standard flash drive, or even a Lion install disk. Here’s how.

Photo by Ray Weitzenberg

Tech blog Tech Plus points out a handy tool called SM32Xtest, which will let you unlock the drive for formatting. It’s a Windows-only tool, so you’ll either need a boot camp partition, a virtual machine, or a separate Windows computer to do this. While we couldn’t test this method ourselves, for lack of a Apple-locked restore drive, the video above (by MacBenTosh) will walk you through the entire process. Once you’ve wiped the drive, you can turn it into a Lion install disk or use it for anything you want.

SM32Xtest Tool to Format and use Mac Book Air USB Restore Key as UFD [TechPlus]

The Cheapest NBN 50 Plans

Here are the cheapest plans available for Australia’s most popular NBN speed tier.

At Lifehacker, we independently select and write about stuff we love and think you'll like too. We have affiliate and advertising partnerships, which means we may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. BTW – prices are accurate and items in stock at the time of posting.


Leave a Reply