[ I am in the process of migrating an old MacBook Pro to a new one. ]
I made a complete 8 GB USB "
Install macOS High Sierra".
I checked it (
Disk Utility) from my running old MacBook Pro.
I booted from this USB key on my new MacBook Pro not connected to anything (no Wi-Fi neighbour, no Internet) so as to make a secure and clean initial installation. I proceeded through the following steps:
Disk Utility: I formatted the internal SSD as APFS encrypted case sensitive, and gave the partition a solid password: "
Install MacOS: I selected the just created APFS encrypted case sensitive partition. I entered its password: "
- The installer rebooted, I entered "
- The installer asked me if I wanted to migrate information from another Mac, TM or external disk. I chose an external disk containing my previous MacBook Pro running High Sierra on HFS+ case sensitive (not encrypted).
- I selected to migrate everything.
- The installer asked me to choose an admin account. I selected my previous admin account
Bob, entered a new solid password: "
password_admin". Then I was asked to enter the partition password so that the selected admin could open the encrypted partition: "
The installation process proceeded quietly for 4 hours, and displayed me the following error window error n°1:
Sorry An error occured while transferring your information. ! Bob could not be created.
But nonetheless proposed me a
Continuebutton. I chose this continue option after so much wasted time (why not to check if I can exit alive from a few hours tunnel).
MacOS High Sierra finally booted and asked me the SSD password: "
The Login Window proposed me to choose from my known users accont plus a great number of daemon accounts: error n°2.
password_admin. My session opened but any Finder selection gave an error popup window error n°3:
"file" can't be opened because the original item can't be found.
It is clear that this installation didn't run correctly. And I searched through the
/var/log/install.log which had been filled, but didn't find any intelligent explanation about the size of damage of error n°1.
I tried a slightly different procedure with an external disk and a partition of HFS+ case sensitive (after a full erase of course). The process terminated completely without any of the above 3 errors. 2 differences: APFS / HFS+, encrypted / not encrypted.
I tried another different procedure with the internal SSD and a partition of HFS+ case sensitive. The process produced the same 3 errors as in the initial case.
The problem seems to be around "encrypted" and "migrate".
This is the reason I ask here this question before wasting another chunk of 5 hours.
How to install and migrate to High Sierra on an encrypted FS?
Did I made a big error in my procedure?
Is this a known problem?
How may I further analyze this problem to eventually help to fix it?