Resolving 'This Volume is Not Supported for Installation' Error in macOS Sonoma Hackintosh Setup

Hackintosh Solution Guide:

Step 1: Verify Partition Format

  • Ensure that the drive you are installing macOS Sonoma on is formatted as APFS (Apple File System) if using an SSD, or HFS+ for older mechanical hard drives.

Step 2: Check Partition Scheme

  • The drive should be using a GUID Partition Table (GPT). You can verify and change this using Disk Utility from the macOS installer.

Step 3: Review EFI Folder

  • Ensure your EFI folder is properly set up and includes all necessary kexts, SSDTs, and a correctly configured config.plist.

Step 4: Update Kexts and OpenCore

  • Use the latest versions of OpenCore and all kexts, as they include improvements and bug fixes that might resolve installation issues.

Step 5: Clear NVRAM

  • Clear the NVRAM from the OpenCore boot picker menu. Old data can sometimes interfere with the installation process.

Step 6: Check BIOS Settings

  • Disable Secure Boot, Fast Boot, and set SATA to AHCI mode.
  • Enable Above 4G decoding if available.
  • Make sure the boot mode is set to UEFI.

Step 7: Disable Unsupported Features

  • If your system has features that are not supported by macOS (such as Intel Optane memory), disable them.

Step 8: Create a Fresh Installer

  • Sometimes the installer can become corrupt. Create a new bootable USB installer and try again.

Step 9: Use a Different USB Port

  • Try using a different USB port, especially if you are using USB 3.0 ports. Sometimes switching to a USB 2.0 port helps.

Step 10: Verify Internet Connection

  • If you're installing a version of macOS that requires downloading additional components, ensure you have a stable internet connection.

Step 11: Consult the Hackintosh Community

  • Visit forums like, Reddit's /r/hackintosh, or InsanelyMac to seek advice from the community. Be prepared to provide details about your issue, hardware, and EFI setup.

Conclusion: Following this guide should help address the common causes of installation volume errors during a Hackintosh setup. If the problem persists, it could be indicative of a more specific compatibility issue that may require a deeper dive into your system's hardware and software configurations.

Help: Cannot install Sonoma. This volume is not formatted as APFS

I’m trying to upgrade my MBP 2011 to Sonoma but I can’t seem to install it on my SSD. It says This Volume is not formatted as APFS. What do I do?

Help: Cannot install Sonoma. This volume is not formatted as APFS

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