My machine is a MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012) with AFPS formatted Kingston 480Gb SSD. Running the latest OS X High Sierra 10.13.4 (17E202)
For a while, the machine was running OK but I had a few times where it crashed resulting in the following symptoms:
- All I could see was my desktop pictures; no dock, couldn't force quit/restart the Finder.
On one occasion, I just rebooted and it was OK. The last time, same thing happened and I rebooted to get the prohibitory symbol (circle with a cross through it). So I decided to boot into verbose mode and the last message I get is:
Could not find APFS system volume handle!
I've tried reinstalling High Sierra on another old drive, making a bootable USB and repairing it and it just says that I should back up the data on the drive. Unfortunately I don't have the exact message because it would involve taking the drive out again and writing it down.
I've searched around a bit but could only find any details about this message on a dead thread on the Apple Discussions forum.
Has anybody had this experience and found a way to recover the data off the drive rather than just erasing the drive and starting from scratch?
Some more details:
I've tried the option reinstall Mac OSX but it just doesn't recognise the disk at all; the drive doesn't show in the window at all.
Heres the previous thread on Apple Discussions which explains the exact symptoms with screenshots: