I am trying to upgrade the Samsung EVO SSD I put into my MacBook Pro 2012 to APFS so I can upgrade to Catalina. I’m currently running Mojave.

In Recovery Mode, the standard instructions on the internet are to select the drive, and click on APFS from the Edit menu. But my Edit menu does not have that option visible, I only see things like Undo, Redo, Cut, Copy, etc, and they are dimmed out. Someone else suggested that there may be something about the drive that just needs to be erased and installed as APFS from scratch. But in the Recovery Mode’s Disk Utility’s Erase panel, the formats I can choose are Mac OS Extended, MS-DOS, and ExFAT. There is no APFS option.

What do I need to do to either upgrade it to APFS or erase it and install it from scratch as APFS?

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    You format your drive (APFS or HFS+, etc) through Disk Utility found via the Menu Bar. It's not found in the "Edit Menu"
    – Allan
    Feb 3, 2020 at 18:33
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    Double-check your recovery partition's macOS version. At the boot chimes, hold the Opt [alt] key & wait until the disk selection screen appears. The recovery partition will specifically list the version, as 'Recovery-xx.xx.xx'. Make sure it's at least 10.13.xx
    – Tetsujin
    Feb 3, 2020 at 18:42
  • For an overview: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/355027/… Now decide which part do you need help in, to avoid making its answer a blog post :) @julkarham
    – anki
    Feb 3, 2020 at 18:43
  • @Tetsujin Thanks. I don’t see any Recovery Partition, I just see my disk, NewDrive. What does it imply that I don’t see a recovery partition?
    – julkarham
    Feb 3, 2020 at 18:47
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    … it makes me wonder how you got into Recovery Mode without one - did you get a spinning globe during the boot process? If you did, I would expect that the Internet recovery you ended up in would be quite capable of APFS.
    – Tetsujin
    Feb 3, 2020 at 18:51


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