I was trying to factory reset my 12” MacBook A1534.
Went as instructed into recovery mode and clicked “erase” for the internal disk. While I erased I went with the default set, “APFS format.” The computer restarted and I was left with a black screen and the flashing logo of a folder and a question mark. I booted back into internet recovery mode (command+R) into disk utility and I see that I am left with a drive named, “APPLE SSD AP0256J Media.” I then learned that I might need to reinstall El Capitan but it wouldn’t let me because it’s saying that the drive needs to be journaled. My main issue here is,
Every time I try to journal whether it’s by partitioning, erasing, or using the command prompt, disk utility freezes and the bar doesn’t load at all. It then brings me back to the black screen with the folder and question mark. It lets me choose any other format like ExFat except journal which is the one I need.
I also ran diskutil list and I see that I don’t have an synthesized drive anymore, I do not have the Macintosh HD, Preboot, Recovery, VM.
I’m not very experienced with this stuff.
Can someone please help. Id hate to toss this computer and “get a new hard drive” as others have told me, on this Mac the SSD is soldiered on the board.
EDIT #2: I just tried using the (Command - Option - R) and Catalina came up, I reformatted into APFS, while loading it said it was journaling. Then the screen went black showing me a folder with a question mark. I went back into the Catalina recovery and it’s saying it is in Mac OS Extended now, but it’s not journaled and it won’t mount so I cant install catalina. I don’t believe SSD is bad because smart status says verified.