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I added a Second Volume to my Main APFS Container to install and try Mojave (I'm running High Sierra). I decided that Mojave is not for me and I erased the volume from Disk Utility. My Mac still tries to boot into Mojave by default when I restart my computer (it fails because that volume doesn't exist anymore).

In order to go into my High Sierra OS, I always have to boot with Alt pressed to choose the boot disk. If I don't do this, I get the "🚫" icon.

The weird thing is that this volume was indeed erased and does not appear on Disk Utility nor on the Startup Disk menu in System Preferences.

How can I fix this? I want to remove the "Mojave" Volume from the boot disks so that my computer will start normally when I turn it on.

EDIT: I seem to have found something useful in this post, but it is for people who still haven't erased the volume from Disk Utility. I don't know how to do it in my case, where I already erased it.

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You can change the default to boot High Sierra by either of the following:

  • Select High Sierra from the Startup Disk pain of the System Preferences application.
  • Hold down the control key when selecting High Sierra from the Startup Manager.

You still have Mojave code in your APFS container. In your case, do the opposite of the answer you linked to.

BTW: You can also elect to not delete this code. The code will not interfere with the operation of the Mac and occupies very little space.

IN OTHER WORDS:

Note: Below I have assumed APFS Volume "Preboot" is disk2s2 and APFS Volume "My Recovery" is disk2s3.

You can use Disk Utility under High Sierra to remove the APFS volume containing Mojave. However, removing Mojave also requires steps where commands are issued in a Terminal application window. Below are the remain steps needed to remove Mojave.

  1. Open the Disk Utility application.
  2. Get the file system UUID of the High Sierra volume . Right click the icon for the High Sierra volume in the Disk Utility application and select Get Info. Here, I will assume the file system UUID is 2E0E6320-5D0A-4181-B465-ABFF2CBBFC27.
  3. Boot to macOS Recovery.
  4. Open a Terminal application window.
  5. Enter the command below to disable System Integrity Protect (SIP) on next restart.

    sudo  csrutil  disable
    
  6. Boot back to High Sierra.

  7. Open a Terminal application Window.

  8. Determine the UUID of the deleted APFS Mojave volume. Start by entering the commands given below.

    diskutil  mount  disk2s2
    cd  /Volumes/Preboot
    ls
    

    The UUID of the deleted APFS Mojave volume should be the same as the name of the directory (folder) that is not the UUID for the High Sierra volume (2E0E6320-5D0A-4181-B465-ABFF2CBBFC27). Here, I will assume this is 832D1AE3-C9F2-454F-BE45-64E1ECBA38AA.

  9. Enter the commands below to remove Mojave from APFS Volume Preboot.

    rm  -Rf  832D1AE3-C9F2-454F-BE45-64E1ECBA38AA
    cd  ~
    diskutil  unmount  disk2s2
    
  10. Enter the commands below to remove Mojave from APFS Volume My Recovery.

    diskutil  mount  disk2s3
    cd  "/Volumes/My Recovery"
    rm  -Rf  832D1AE3-C9F2-454F-BE45-64E1ECBA38AA
    cd  ~
    diskutil  unmount  disk2s3
    
  11. Reset the SIP settings, by entering the command given below.

    sudo  csrutil  clear
    
  12. Restart the Mac

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