Had Windows installed with Bootcamp and for a couple of years it went fine, until I recently fired it up again and when it tried to update it went into a crash -> reset (only option that made it boot, it removed all the apps I had installed) -> auto-update -> crash again.

So I tried a clean install, but it failed. So I tried to wipe out the Windows partition and re-install Windows via Bootcamp. FAILED !!!

Followed the advice here: Bootcamp Error: The startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition (not a duplicate) Still didn't work, so I kept trying to install it again and again, either via Bootcamp or by manually creating the partition and then booting from an USB mounted SD card.

And now I lost 300 GB.

They don't show up in diskutil list or when running the Disk Utility.

diskutil list
/dev/disk0 (internal):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                         121.3 GB   disk0
   1:                        EFI EFI                     314.6 MB   disk0s1
   2:                 Apple_APFS Container disk2         121.0 GB   disk0s2

/dev/disk1 (internal, physical):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *2.0 TB     disk1
   1:                        EFI EFI                     209.7 MB   disk1s1
   2:                 Apple_APFS Container disk2         1.7 TB     disk1s2

/dev/disk2 (synthesized):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      APFS Container Scheme -                      +1.8 TB     disk2
                                 Physical Stores disk0s2, disk1s2
   1:                APFS Volume Macintosh HD            665.4 GB   disk2s1
   2:                APFS Volume Preboot                 43.2 MB    disk2s2
   3:                APFS Volume Recovery                509.8 MB   disk2s3
   4:                APFS Volume VM                      2.1 GB     disk2s4

The 1.7 TB should be 2.0 or 2.1 TB.

Is there anything I can do to fix this ?


1 Answer 1


You didn't lose any storage, the partitioning system simply forgot to put it back into usable form.

/dev/disk1 would be your physical disk.

/dev/disk2 is an APFS disk architecture, which, in laymen terms, is a fake virtual disk within a physical disk. This is where the macOS and your files on macOS are stored.

Bootcamp Assistant encountered an error which caused it to stop creating a Windows volume. After it stopped it didn't reallocate the free space to /dev/disk2.

Use Disk Utility to repartition your physical disk, it can be found in Launchpad > Utilities. Find the physical drive item on the tree view on the left, it should read something like the name of my physical drive, which is highlighted in the image below: Highlighted is my base drive Press the Partition button seen on the top of the Disk Utility window while your physical drive is selected. It should ask you if you want to format the physical drive or the APFS Volume. Choose to format the physical volume. It should show you a pie chart of your volumes like this: Partition Pie Chart Drag the small white circle that is positioned outside the split between Macintosh HD and Free Space into a position where Macintosh HD completely covers Free Space. Press apply, and it should automatically format your physical drive to fill up the free space that Bootcamp Assistant un-allocated. After the operation completes successfully you can safely quit Disk Utility.

  • When I read "format your drive" I hear the sound of lost data. Despite having TimeMachine back-ups, I am still worried about losing my data and having to reinstall all my apps, some of which I might not even find the installers for online (I got office 2011 or so, and Lightroom 5). You make it sound like this wouldn't affect my system at all, though. So please tell me how worried should I be. Thanks.
    – ccc
    Jun 28, 2019 at 1:31
  • The only thing that this procedure does is reallocate free space to your system volume. If done correctly and everything goes well, it should not impact your data in the slightest. However, since we are working with partitions, you should take caution nonetheless (I have erased my entire SSD twice due to errors, but I do partitioning often) and I recommend backing up with Time Machine before you do this. If for some reason it does break, I could help you with restoring from backup if required.
    – kouwei32
    Jun 28, 2019 at 1:36
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    Thank you. I will go to sleep now cause it's past 3AM here, but I will attempt this tomorrow. Perhaps you can help me with the Bootcamp/Windows installation, too. It just doesn't work, and it's driving me crazy. I will report back with results tomorrow in the (my) afternoon.
    – ccc
    Jun 28, 2019 at 1:44

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