I was trying configure my Mac to dual boot Ubuntu and macOS. In the process, I somehow managed to make Macintosh HD unbootable (is that a word?). I was able to boot Ubuntu just fine. I had just recently created a Time Machine backup so I tried to restore it.
- I booted up while holding the Option key
- Selected my backup disk (this is the only disk that was visible)
- Erased APPLE SSD and created a new Macintosh HD partition using the APFS (case-sensitive) format and GUID partition map.
- Started restoring the Time Machine backup
The format of Macintosh HD before the backup was APFS (case-insensitive). I didn’t think this change would matter and I would like a case-sensitive file system if possible.
My computer was restoring for about 15 minutes and managed to copy about 30GB when it suddenly failed.
Here’s all the info about the hard drives.
As a side note, there seems to be a bunch of tiny untitled disks being listed. It goes down to /dev/disk21 which has one untitled partition that is 2.1MB in size. I don’t think I created these and I didn’t see them under Disk Utility.
Could my backup be currupted? Could my hard drive not be partitioned correctly?
Remind be never to try and install Ubuntu! Linux and macOS are incredibly similar. It’s just not worth the effort.
I found a
Install macOS High Sierra.app in the root directory so I’m running that. I hope this lets me restore the Time Machine backup.