Is reinstalling macOS still a useful solution to problems? What about installing macOS updates, or resetting the NVRAM and SMC?
How APFS, the boot volume group, hashes, and Secure Boot all combine to guarantee the integrity of your system, and save you trouble and work.
Haven’t Macs and macOS changed over the last six years? Here are fictitious diary entries to illustrate the deep-seated changes.
Erase your M1’s internal storage in Recovery, reinstall macOS and you could see an error in which it failed ‘to personalize the software update’. That’s not easy to fix, as explained here.
For some, inability to clone to the internal SSD of an M1 Mac seems disastrous. In reality, it could achieve little, and there are better solutions.
Don’t just hold Command-R and hope that you’ll install the right version of macOS. Here’s structured decision-making to save you time.
Should you install, re-install, or clean (re-)install macOS? Why, how to, and what they entail.
When should you reset your SMC and NVRAM, repair permissions, install a Combo update, or re-install the whole of macOS?
Transferring a decision-making guide from a quick flowchart into Tinderbox notes.
There are now three different Recovery modes. This explains which to use, and provides a flowchart to help you work out how best to reinstall in them.