I am trying to roll back my OS from High Sierra to Sierra. When I attempt to install it I get this; enter image description here

So I assumed I had to format my "Macintosh HD" partition to procced. However, when I tried to do that I got; enter image description here

The laptop is still working fine, so clearly it was nothing dreadful, but I'm no futher with my attempt to roll back. Any advice?

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You are getting this error because a newer version is installed on your mac the same thing happened with me but I was able to find a solution

First you would need to download macOS Sierra Installer, now the problem is how to get it right, see if you go to the Purchased tab in the Mac App Store, you can redownload previously purchased macOS versions there (even if they are older than the currently installed one).

Then you would have to make a bootable disk containing the Install macOS Sierra.app

I am providing you a link to a YouTube video which will help you in creating the bootable USB stick link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4H5hKuI7yg&t=130s

I am also adding the command required to create the bootable disk:

sudo (path to the create install media file under installer.app>Contents>Resources) --volume {path to the USB stick (You are trying to make bootable)} —applicationpath (path to your Install macOS sierra.app)


sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyVolume --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app

Please make the necessary changes as per your files and volumes

And one more thing if you don't find the installer under purchased tab then you can download it from here : https://itunes.apple.com/cz/app/macos-sierra/id1127487414?mt=12

After you have successfully created the bootable disk you will need to press command+option or only option as soon as you power on your mac the next screen which appears will show you all the drives connected to your mac select the bootable drive and press enter after that you will be taken to a recovery mode where you can successfully format the new APFS formatted drive with the Old Apple Disk Formatting Version in order to install an older version of macOS!

  • See apple.stackexchange.com/questions/286311/… for how to find Sierra - it's no longer in anyone's purchased list.
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 1, 2017 at 17:17
  • @Tetsujin It's still in my purchase list. But it depends on the Mac! I use to log-in at the App Store.
    – klanomath
    Oct 1, 2017 at 17:18
  • @klanomath - weird! Mine vanished - but I keep them all on a spare drive anyway, in case I ever need them ;-)
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 1, 2017 at 17:44
  • I will attempt this process and then report back, thank you for your information. Oct 2, 2017 at 10:35

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