I have a problem installing macOS Catalina on my Macbook Air (Mid-2013, model A1466).

I created a bootable USB drive with macOS Catalina. Then I restarted my Mac from it and, in Disk Utility, I formatted my SSD (connected with an adapter) with GUID scheme and MacOS Extended.

After that, I installed Catalina on it, but when my Macbook Air restarts, I see a folder with a flashing question mark. When I try to choose my SSD as startup disk I cannot see it on the list. Have you any idea what is going wrong?

  • Are you allowing the install to complete? When finished, it will restart automatically. If you don’t allow it to finish, even if it’s taking a little long, it won’t “bless” the boot volume and you’ll get the symptoms you’re seeing. – Allan Aug 13 '20 at 9:09
  • Welcome to Ask Different. Have you tried Internet Recovery (support.apple.com/HT204904)? It could also be a problem with the adapter or the drive not being properly set to "bootable" (see apple.stackexchange.com/questions/215141/… for details). – jaume Aug 13 '20 at 10:48
  • I wait to end of installation and after that macbook is restart and boot from pendrive again. When i go to Options + Command + R (without pendrive) i see Catalina to reinstall i do reinstall from Internet and after reinstall macbook was restarted but still see ? sign. SDD is visible into Disk Utility but not into Startup Disks. Maybe it's a problem with adapter. I wait for delivery another. – JuniorWithEverything Aug 13 '20 at 16:33

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