I have a MacBook Pro Late 2014 model. I decided to do the update to 10.13.4, the incremental update to 10.13.3. It gets everything downloaded and does the reboot. I get to a gray screen and it sits for a long time and finally states "installer resources not found" and asks me to reboot and try again. Even when I try again, this process repeats.
This is what I've tried so far:
- Resetting the SMC and NVRAM
- Boot into recovery (1)
- Single user mode (2)
- Boot menu and choose "Macintosh HD" to boot back into my system (3)
- Boot a Linux Live USB Image (4)
When I got to recovery, the first thing I decided to try was to look at disk utility. My drive does NOT appear. I then decided to go and try to "reinstall" macOS. It shows my 500gb drive, but the icon isn't a drive, it just looks like the generic paper icon and states that I don't have enough free space to install.
I opened a terminal and tried to view the file system. It hangs. Screen
Single User Mode
I noticed in the kernel messages that disk2 'media is not present' - /Volumes is empty.
When I go to the boot menu, I can see the macOS installer option (which takes me back to the original problem of no installer resources) and then Macintosh HD. When I choose the latter, I get to my login screen (yay!) except when I login, if I can, the system eventually hard locks with the spinning pinwheel and I can't do anything else at this point.
Live Linux Image
I tried a live linux image just to see if I would get similar errors in dmesg, but I don't. I can mount the EFI partition fine. Of course, since Linux doesn't have APFS support, I can't mount that. So nothing I can do there. It was just a simple test.
I took my Mac to an Apple store to have them to their diagnostics. They saw the same things - essentially their tests showed the hard drive being in a good state and everything being OK. But clearly it isn't. I'm assuming the drive is dead.
Is there anything else I can do to further confirm if the drive is dead or not? I do have my data backed up. I would like to see if there is anything else possible, assuming that I may end up having to buy something from OWC anyway.
Edit: The drive has bad blocks. macOS images refuse to install to the drive, no matter how the partitions are formated (HFS/APFS).