Yeah, this is what I tried. Didn’t work. So I started a restore via Time Machine. And how awesome this is going. It fails towards the end with an error that it can’t restore some file (at the very end of the restore). This is after it has erased my drive of course. So happy times.
It suggests that I reinstall the macOS and use the migration assistant for my files… HEH That’s going to suck quite a lot I guess since all my settings will be dead.
Sooooo… trying a restore from an older Time Machine now, and crossing my fingers.
Not sure. Waiting to find out. Trying to actually get a macOS to work on it now. The first clean install from Recovery Mode failed.
I have never been this furious at Apple before. Building a Time Machine solution which is this frail is crazy.
It’s ONE FILE in the Photos-library that it has somehow messed up. But I can’t manage to delete it, and instead of just skipping it and letting me know it was skipped… the Time Machine setup is all useless and breaks my machine.
(I realize this is my fault with the Beta thing, but I assume that my Time Machine would have been just as useless to restore from for any reason.)
I once restored my OS from Time Machine and it failed. Since I had an online backup, I just reinstalled the OS and once I logged in all my files were in place. So maybe the Time Machine does not really fail.
I need to remember using Duck more often. I came upon a Reddit Page with something similar, but your suggestion has a lot of tips for things to check once I get out of this nightmare! (And I unenrolled and started a new recovery which isn’t hitting the error now.)
Sounds like you’re trying to boot from the internet?
Using a bootable thumb drive, you should be able to boot from the thumb drive itself, then install from the thumb drive. This takes the internet/network out of the possibilities for failure.
This is probably some Catalina-type bug. So once I managed to unenroll from the Beta Program via the website, I got past the initial boot thing, and then I managed to get into Recovery Mode Utility Disk, delete the disks (which had become a big mess), then restart and start the install of Mojave… keeping my fingers crossed that this will actually work.
I rebooted my laptop while ago, and it was like setting up a new computer, dock was set to default apps, had to enter license codes for several apps, etc. I was almost positive I had rebooted after installing Catalina. Very strange.
Didn’t go that great. Every time I tried installing Mojave, it hit the stupid 1008F error… in the end I got a new round of disk delete done, selected to start installing Catalina via “reinstall macOS” in Recovery Mode, and went to sleep.
This actually managed to complete, and it had me back on the released Catalina, not any Beta. During the install I could select to transfer everything from the Time Machine (there was a different file that failed to transfer, some receipt for an Apple Store bought App it seems, but this didn’t cause the process to crash). Now I’ve got it up and running and it’s going through all the “get this data that has been added to actually work”-process, like “importing” the data into Mail and Photos, syncing and indexing Dropbox, and so on.
Will be exciting to see if this turns out OK or not. HEH