New MacBook Air to come with USB recovery drive
How were you supposed to recover your MacBook Air when there’s no optical drive, and you do not have an external unit with you in cases of emergency? Typical manufacturers have this hidden partition in their notebooks and desktops where the recovery files are stored. This partition can be activated by pressing specific keys during POST event when you boot your computer. But now, Apple has chosen the ‘road not taken’.
For the new MacBook Air that has been launched (both 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models) they will come with a Software Reinstall USB drive in cases of a software or operating system emergency. It’s a really small USB drive. Storage comes up at around 8GB, of which 7.5GB is used for the OS X and iLife installers. Hopefully you won’t lost this thing, if you buy one of the new MacBook Air…
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