Same issue as related in this thread but I already did the following:

  • Re-created a new GPT (GUID) partition table (using GParted, Ubuntu)
  • Created an HFS+ partition specifically for my MacOS
  • Re-created an EFI system partition of +500Mb

And yet, when using the Internet Recovery Mode, two things happen:

  1. The wrong MacOS is being downloaded (Mac OS X Yosemite, instead of Monterrey)
  2. The HFS+ partition created does not show.

What did I miss?

A possible solution would be to reformat the hard drive using Diskutil (Terminal, Recovery Mode) but no idea how to target the correct hard drive.

This what my partition table looks like from GParted: enter image description here

And this is what my Disk Utility shows on Recovery Mode: enter image description here

Things to take into consideration:

  • I used to have an APFS hard drive before. But that must have been replaced by the HFS+ partition.
  • I did not use FileVault or encrypted the disk (have had a lot of problems in using that).
  • You may want to add the model of Mac you have to your original question. Also holding COMMAND-OPTION-R for recovery mode will install the latest supported macOS that is currently available, rather than the version shipped with your Mac. Feb 28, 2022 at 15:20
  • @SteveChambers: Based on this question, I would assume 2017 MacBook Pro Intel-based. Feb 28, 2022 at 16:39

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Following @SteveChambers's suggestion, I pressed & hold COMMAND + OPTION + R when powering on my Mac and it did download the latest version of MacOS disk utility which displayed my HFS+ partition.

Not ideal, does not solve the issue (HFS+ partition should be read & manipulated by older versions of disk utility) but it is a good temporary workaround.

  • Have you considered that a earliest version of macOS that 2017 MacBook Pro can install is Sierra (version 10.12.5) and latest Yosemite is OS X version 10.10.5. Yosemite is to old and does not have the driver needed to recognize the proprietary internal drive that your Mac would be using. Mar 2, 2022 at 14:49
  • I haven't. But I did search a way to replace the OS X Base System (the MacOS image system that is deeply stored, probably in the EFI files) to update it to a newer version. I haven't found a way, yet.
    – James69
    Mar 13, 2022 at 14:33

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