I'm having trouble updating Monterey for the last 2 updates. When I do it restarts in recovery saying: "Your computer started up in Recovery because a failure occurred during installation. An error occurred migrating user data during an install. Reinstall macOS to resolve the issue".

Reinstall macOS does not solve the issue. The only way I found to fix the issue (update before this one) is by wiping my macOS partition clean and then reinstall the macOS. Unfortunately, because I have a third party SSD on my MBP, that would not work unless I replaced the SSD with an official Apple SSD, upgrade to the latest version, then swap it back with my third party SSD, do a clean install, and restore my backups. Needless to say, this is super painful and I'd really rather not do that.

Has anyone had the same problem? A quick search online yielded no solution :(

  • I'm embarrassed to say that I've had this exact same issue for months now. I just restart the computer from the recovery mode menu and everything is fine (upgrade goes through just fine). I also notice that I used to have a directory of "Relocated Items" on every update (and it was always just my /etc/shells file), but have not had this happen since the issue started to occur. I've also been searching for a solution, but I haven't come across many people with the issue.
    – adr
    Commented Jun 28, 2023 at 20:49

1 Answer 1


Check if you have 44 GB of free space on your Macintosh HD before updating.

  • Yep, have plenty of space left. It's only with these 2 updates too, so not sure what's going on.
    – erk415
    Commented Sep 19, 2022 at 19:39

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