So I replaced my broken HDD with a new SSD on my 2011 13" Macbook Pro with 10.7.5 being the stock OS, and I want to install Mac OS X High Sierra 10.13.3 on it. Please note that direct update from 10.7.x to 10.13.x is not possible.
First I went to recovery mode, installed Lion, downloaded El Capitan 10.11.6 via Mac Store and tried updating it but it failed. The log looks mostly clean, the only error I see is:
failed to update bookmark for item (null) [UUID]
Then I tried to boot in recovery mode again and I saw that El Capitan's recovery took over, I erased the disk and went with Reinstall MacOS option, and everything went well, downloaded High Sierra 10.13.3 from Mac Store and decided I should do a clean install so I created a bootable USB with
createinstallmedia command but the installation hangs when the progress bar reaches %100.
- Is there a way to see what the OS installation is doing? --I only see an Apple logo with a progress bar below it, some said they see an ETA during installation but I don't see anything else than what was described.
At this point I had to redo all the steps all the way up to installing El Capitan, after I downloaded High Sierra again I opened the .app installation and High Sierra installed fine.
Why can't my Macbook Pro handle a clean installation of High Sierra?
It's been too much trial and error for me the past 3 days, and you could make things so much easier for me if you answer this as well, I tried to
InstallESD.dmgbeing the source and a USB stick the destination in order to create a bootable Mac OS installer, but the problem is, it's not bootable! How can I fix that?
InstallESD.dmg was taken from
/Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/SharedSupport/InstallESD.dmg
- Do I have to erase the SSD before I do a clean install? Because that's not possible since the recovery partition resides on the SSD, I can only erase the partition which in the previous Mac was installed on. If I need to do that, how can I unmount it properly?