Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

On page,

http://www.apple.com/macbookair/specs.html

it is showing this photo: it looks like a USB Flash drive, but is it also the "Software Reinstall Drive"? If so, then maybe it is read-only then? Please only say an answer if you are sure or can quote some source or reference. thanks.

alt text

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 3 down vote accepted

Yes, it is read only and it is only for the purpose of restoring your system applications. Here is the Apple support document on it.

share|improve this answer
    
wow... does that mean... if the macbook is locked by screen saver, somebody can boot up the machine using that USB drive, and then... still be log in as admin and do things to the macbook or copy files away? (although not likely... I just watch too much movies...) –  動靜能量 Oct 26 '10 at 6:23
    
@Jian Lin: You never know. For example, apparently the address book on some iPhones can be accessed by bypassing the passcoded lock screen. –  Dennis Williamson Oct 26 '10 at 6:57
    
If you're concerned about people starting up from a system CD/USB thingie, set a firmware password, which will prevent them from doing so: support.apple.com/kb/ht1352 Just don't forget it - there's no way to reset it. –  Scott Oct 26 '10 at 7:11
    
Just for reference, the new (Mid 2011) Macbook Air does not ship with the Software Reinstall Drive. –  molgar Sep 14 '11 at 7:02

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.