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I have a stack of those official Apple Lion USB thumb drives. It seems you can't wipe them using conventional means (Disk Utility, diskutil).

I think I recall reading once there was a way to erase them. Does anyone on here know how?

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Found out that this procedure works

http://www.macgasm.net/2011/07/19/hack-macbook-air-software-reinstall-drive-install-lion/

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