My Mac is stuck in a boot-loop with a third party SSD.
So I recently pruchased a WD Blue 500GB SSD to replace my HDD in my 13" MBP mid-2012.
At first I wanted to clone my HDD to the SSD, looked up a tutorial on iFixit and then followed the procedure. I used SuperDuper to clone it, but whenever I began cloning it kept asking me to convert the deive to APFS, and SuperDuper failed to do so by itself. My SSD was in an Orico disk drive enclosure.
I formatted the drive manually through Disk Utility to APFS. The cloning process took approx 16 hours. Then I tried to boot through the SSD while it was in the enclosure however it kept boot-looping, so I figured I should try installing it first. I did so and the same thing kept happening.
Finally I reinstalled the OS(Catalina) through Recovery and, the bootloop is still persisting.
Right now I am just back to using my HDD, and it has begun to exhibit the same problem. It goes to the progress bar on startup and abruptly reboots.
Things I have tried,
- NVRAM and SMC
- Erasing and doing a fresh install of macOS on SSD
- Put the SSD in the Disk ecnlosure and try to boot from there
- Putting the HDD in the enclosure and boot it from there(which works but is extremely slow and I still don't know what to do afterwards)