I Cannot Create a Preboot Volume for APFS Install! What Should I Do?

Almost every Mac owner has tried macOS High Sierra by today – the latest operating system offered by Apple for its computers. However, many people complain of having some problems during or after the installation. One of the common issues is the inability to create a Preboot Volume for APFS install. Instead of getting irritated and making an attempt to download and set up macOS High Sierra several times, calm down and listen up!

Simplest Solution

Check whether the most obvious solution works first. Some users reported about having the same issue: after the removal, the target drive did not appear. Try starting Internet Reinstall. Was the action aborted due to the absence of selectable drive? Disk Utility might help! This built-in tool is a solution to many problems related to the work of Mac. You may discover the drive present there again after starting Disk Utility. Perhaps, it just took the driver a while to load, so do not panic before the time!

Professional Recommendation

What if the previous tip has no effect? Perhaps, the right thing would be erasing Mac’s drive. Does it sound crazy to you? Believe it or not, but it may help. No drive at all!

How can you achieve that? Turn off the target Apple computer. Keep holding Cmd+R keys while starting up the device. After that, remove the drive in Disk Utility by pushing the “-“ symbol (minus button) at the top part. Go on in Internet Recovery Mode by doing the procedure the same way, but adding Option along with Cmd and R keys. A user should see the same menu (macOS Utilities) as well as Sierra instead of macOS High Sierra. Move to the Disk Utility menu. Come up with the disk by clicking the plus button and developing a drive called Macintosh HD. The format should be Mac OS Extended.

The clue is deleting the APFS system, which prevents the drive from functioning properly. Mac cannot figure out this issue all alone. After that, simply click ‘Install Mac OS.’

Step-by-Step Instruction for Newbies

Perhaps, the instruction above may seem a bit confusing without being broken into specific steps. Then, this guide should help.

1. Refuse to install macOS High Sierra over and over again.

2. Eliminate the drive.

  • Switch off the Apple computer. Hold the Command and R when starting up.
  • Erase the drive in Disk Utility. Make sure only macOS Recovery Drive is left.

3. Restart Mac and hold the Option and Command and R keys. It will enable Internet Recovery mode. Mind that having a working Wi-Fi is a must.

4. Is there a drive in the Disk Utility folder? In case there is no way to push the tiny “+” button, keep on restarting until it shows up.

5. When you notice a drive, reformat it as “Mac OS Extended.” Name it Macintosh HD.

  • Several options exist for Mac OS Extended. If the Time Machine backup is present that you wish to save, select “Case sensitive” if you install the operating system as the case sensitive one, for instance.

6. Start the Internet Recovery.

7. After the success, apply Migration Assistant to restore from a Time Machine backup.