Fix Could not create a Pre-Boot Volume for APFS install

Pre-boot volume is space for operating system prior installation. The volume acts as a space or a medium of communication for installation between macOS High Sierra and the new APFS (Apple File System).

The error “Could not create pre-Boot Volume for APFS install” occurs when a mac user tries to erase their existing macOS and reinstall macOS High sierra due to various reasons like upgradation etc.
If you find the error on the screen saying “could not Pre-Boot volume for APFS install” during the reinstallation process of High Sierra, it is important to know that this error not only affects the reinstallation but also the data present in the volume. During this reinstallation scenario your data present on macOS is inaccessible.

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Firstly, let us understand why high sierra installation is stopped, and how to fix this error.
Could not create Pre-Boot Volume for APFS install

What is the error about? Reasons for “Could not create Pre-Boot Volume for APFS install”

The error “Could not create Pre-Boot Volume for APFS install” emphasises that APFS is not recognizing the Pre-Boot volume which is required to initiate the re-installation process.
The Pre-Boot System will not be able to install macOS High Sierra due to the APFS, this usually happens because the Apple File System fails to synchronize with Pre-boot volume which is the medium for installation (Pre-Boot Execution Environment). This causes a scenario called Block non – Synchronization.
Due to this the macOS High Sierra fails to reinstall and the error is shown “Could not create Pre-Boot Volume for APFS install”. This error affects the data present in your mac volume. All the data present in the volume is lost or beyond access.

Solution for "Could not create a Pre-Boot volume for APFS install"

In order to fix the error and successfully install High Sierra. Follow the below procedures to fix the error. But in any of these situations your data existing on the drive is prone to loss as the inevitable solutions involve erasing of Mac volume.

1. Deletion of volume and Reinstallation of macOS High Sierra

Deletion of the volume and reinstallation could solve the problem of " Could not create a Pre-Boot volume for APFS install" error

    • Enter recovery mode: Restart your Mac and while the system is rebooting you can keep pressing CMD+R, until an apple logo is seen.
      Could not create Pre-Boot Volume for APFS install
    • After the logo is seen, the user will be able to see the utility menu. Mac will show you certain volumes, select disk utility in all drives on mac. Then select internal drive and click erase to delete the drive. Post deletion close the utility.
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    • Post following the Step 2. The user will have two options. Follow either of the methodologies to reinstall High Sierra.
      • Re-open Disk Utility, select the internal drive usually named as and format it as "Mac OS Extended". Then you can reinstall macOS.
      • Or you may turn off the Mac, then reboot it by holding down the Option/ALT + Command + R keys to enter Internet Recovery mode. Select Disk Utility. If you see a drive, reformat it as Mac OS Extended and name it Macintosh HD. If not, create a drive and format it as "Mac OS Extended". After that, you can exit Disk Utility and click Reinstall macOS.

By deleting the drive, you remove the APFS system which is causing the error so that you are able to reinstall macOS. If the method above doesn't work, try the next one.

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2. Directly enter Internet recovery mode (Online software solution by mac)

    1. When your mac OS is rebooting press CMD+R+ALT option to put it into Internet recovery mode.
    2. Then select Wi-Fi and enter utilities menu. Click “Reinstall macOS” this option will install the original operating system on your mac. If you still need High sierra, then you can go to the apple store and update the OS.

Recover Data lost during couldn't Pre-Boot Volume for APFS error:

Deletion of volume results in deletion of your data present in the macOS. Both the above methodologies can fix the error "Could not create a Pre-Boot volume for APFS install".  However, if the user doesn’t have a backup of the existing data on Cloud or a backup drive, then the data existing on your Mac hard drive is lost due to reinstallation process.

You can easily recover your lost data with Remo Recover Mac tool. The data can be recovered with a few clicks with Remo recover because the data which is inaccessible or lost is not completely erased and still resides on the logical memory until the respective place is overwritten.

Remo Recover can recover more than 300 File types. Remo has a very simple user-interface which will make a novice user comfortable with the application. Compatible with all mac file systems like HFS, HFS+, HFSX and APFS.

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The above article on "Could not create a Pre-Boot volume for APFS install" emphasizes the solution for the error and the appropriate data recovery methodologies through which any novice mac user can approach this scenario. However, it is recommended to take a backup prior performing the re-installation of the macOS. If you happened to not have a backup, Remo Recover comes in handy for data recovery.

Fix Could not create a Pre-Boot Volume for APFS install was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by John Harris

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