Mac OS High Sierra Hackintosh Install Clover Walkthrough

Here’s detailed steps on how to install macOS High Sierra on a hackintosh using the Clover method with the HFS Method.

Apple introduced a new file system called Apple File System (APFS). When High Sierra is installed the drive is automatically converted over to APFS, but there is a way to disable it easily and keep the drive as HPFS  by editing an XML file during the install.

As to why a hackintosher would want to disable is because they may encounter problems where their drive isn’t able to handle errors properly becuase they don’t have Apple’s custom firmware. Two out of the three times I’ve tried to use APFS the drive became unbootable for some unknown reason, therefore I recommend people use HFS if they want a more reliable hackintosh, however you can still use APFS if you want to play around with it. If you do make sure you have apfs.efi in your EFI and skip the APFS conversion step when you get to it



Prerequisites

To follow this guide you must have first:

Step 1: Booting the USB Installer

Boot into the UEFI of the macOS USB flash drive installer to load the Clover Boot Menu.

If the USB drive isn’t set as the default boot volume change the temporary boot device when the boot screen appears the button that needs to be pressed to do this is usually F10, F11, or F12. When the temporary selection screen appears Select UEFI : (USB Device Name).
  1. You are now in the Clover Menu. Use the arrow keys to verify Boot OS X Install from Install macOS High Sierra is selected
  2. Press Enter
  3. Installer will now slowly load…

Step 2: Format & Install

When the installer loads we will want to properly format the disk as GUID for hackintosh usability before beginning the install.

  1. Press Continue when the installer appears
  2. Select your language
  3. Select Disk Utility  from the install menu
  4. Select Show All Devices from the drop down menu by pressing the View button at the top left top left corner. (Note: NVME drive not showing?)
  5. Select the disk you will be installing macOS and erase it with the following settings:
    • Name: (It can be named anything you want)
    • Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    • Scheme: GUID Partition Map

    It’s important to remember the name you choose for the drive if you plan to opt out of the APFS conversion
  6. Press Erase
  7. Close Disk Utility 
  8.  Install macOS High Sierra

Note: While macOS is being installed screen may go black the display is just sleeping you cap press a key on your keyboard or wiggle a mouse to wake screen

After the installer is finished the computer will restart and you’ll want to get back into the Clover Menu.



Step 3: Disable APFS Conversion

There is now a second option in Clover, which under normal circumstances we would select, however before that we must disable the APFS conversion from taking place. If you plan to use APFS and have the necessary apfs.efi in your EFI folder you can skip this step.

  1. Select Boot OS X Install from Install macOS High Sierra again like you did in Step 1.
  2. Open Terminal through Utilities at the Top Menu Bar once installer finishes loading.
  3. Type the following into Terminal and press enter after each line is entered:
  4. ls -1 /Volumes

    ls -1 /Volumes will list the available volumes. We want the name of the drive  set in step 4.2  for the line below

  5. cd /Volumes/Hackintosh

    Replace “Hackintosh” in the line above if you named your drive something else when you formatted it as GUID.

  6. cd "macOS Install Data"
  7. vi minstallconfig.xml

    This is what it should look like in Terminal before pressing enter when the drive is named “Hackintosh”
  8. minstallconfig.xml will populate in terminal…
  9. Use the arrow keys to highlight to the ‘t’ in true
  10. Press the DELETE key on your keyboard 4 times to carefully removing t, r, u, e
  11. Type i on your keyboard to enter insert mode
  12. Type in false
  13. If entered correctly press :wq to save or :q! if you messed up. (If you mess up  and  typed  :q!  you can try again by reentering: vi minstallconfig.xml)
  14. Close Terminal on completion
  15. Restart computer from the Top Silver Menu Bar

Step 4: Complete the Installer

  1. Reenter the Clover Menu on restart
  2. Select Boot macOS Install from “Hackintosh”
  3. Setup will finish the High Sierra install…
Check out High Sierra fix – “macOS could not be installed on your computer” if you get a restart error prompt instead of this pic.




Step 5: First Boot

After install is finished computer will automatically restart.

  1. Select Boot macOS from “Hackintosh”
  2. Select Language
  3. Select Keyboard
  4. Select My computer does not connect to the Internet
  5. Select Don’t transfer any information
  6. Agree to the Terms and Conditions
  7. Fill out Login information
  8. (Optional) Choose Customize Settings at Express Set Up if you don’t want to be tracked.
  9. macOS High Sierra will boot for the first time…

Step 6: Configuring the EFI Partition

Now that we’re in macOS we want to be able to load macOS without the USB flash drive plug. To be able to boot macOS from the drive it’s installed on the folder in the EFI partition of the flash drive needs to be copied over to the EFI partition of the boot drive.

  1. Open Clover Configurator
  2. Mount the EFI of the Flash Drive
  3. Press Open EFI or navigate to the EFI location in finder
  4. Copy the EFI Folder onto your desktop
  5. Open Finder and Eject the Flash Drive
  6. Using Clover Configurator Mount the EFI of the Disk
  7. Press Open EFI or navigate to the EFI location in finder
  8. Paste the EFI over the existing EFI on the disk
  9. Select Replace when it prompts you with a menu saying that the folder EFI already exists

You will now be able to boot macOS without the USB Flash Drive

Recommendation: Delete the Folder called APPLE in your EFI Folder if it exists. This folder is created automacially on EFI partition of the flash drive during the install and may cause issues for the hackintosh.  The folder will eventually be recreated, however you only need to delete it once after installing macOS.

Fully Working Hackintosh

After macOS is running on your hackintosh there may be things that aren’t working such as audio, ethernet and wifi and graphics acceleration. If you followed one of our Build Guides return to that guide in order to get everything working. Otherwise check out the guides on how to get various things working.

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Andrea Michelon
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Andrea Michelon

Hello, really good guide. I’m getting stock at:

IOConsoleUsers: time(0) 0->0, lin 0, llk 1,
IOConsoleUsers: gIOScreenLockState 3, hs 0, bs 0, nov 0, sm 0x0

flashing on the top of the screen.

This is happening during the first boot.
After installing High Sierra on MSI B250I with Intel Pentium G4600.
Any possible solution?

Many thanks,
Andrea

5700
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5700

I’ve got the same situation on laptop asus ux501vw / n501vw.
Any solution?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Try -disablegfxfirmware

idaima
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idaima

Me too,do you solve it ?

Akula
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Akula

I have a problem on the step 3
3. Setup will finish the High Sierra install…

Boot loop after half of boot line under apple logo. whats wrong with pc?

Jason
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Jason

I don’t see true in minstallconfig.xml, can you post a screen cap?

tim
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tim

there is no true in installconfig

jason
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jason

i got stuck at step2 it just restarts after trying to load the installer, any thoughts?

SeriusNtentions
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SeriusNtentions

Here is my build:

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/SeriusNtentions/builds/

Thank you for your guide and prepared EFI! This is my first Hackintosh which is replacing my 2008 MacPro. I followed your instructions and everything worked smoothly! Now I have to figure out how to also make it work with windows. I sm guessing that a regular bootcamp install method will not work. Do you have a guide for HS with Win 10? Thanks

Dwin
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Dwin

All went well and worked for a day.
Now it is in restart loop. After selecting internal_hfs from clover boot menu it just restarts.

Dwin
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Dwin

Booted into recovery, have run first aid on the macOS volume and restarted. It’s back to normal now.

toto
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toto

after correctly finished step 2, I could’t see OS X ,”Boot macOS Install from “Hackintosh” “..
I’m using Alienware r6, with formatted 960 evo SSD. (i7 7700K, GTX1080)
Do you have any idea why clover doesn’t show OS X installer.

MoXyLe
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MoXyLe

What should I do, installer see my disk, but it shows as not mounted, but I know that he is mounted, so I can’t erase it and install macos, how can I fix it?

MoXyLe
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MoXyLe

Everything is fine!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Hi,

I have NVME Disk Samsung 960 evo and I cannot move to second part of installation.

After first stage where I could see my drive and select it as installation target PC gets restarted but once Clover menu pops up I can see only external (USB) drive

Matt
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Matt

What is :wq or :q!

Paul
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Paul

Thank you so much. After many sleepless night. Following your tutorial works..

Vizvin
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Vizvin

Hey,
Thanks for the guide. I have a NUC 5i5RYH (broadwell). Could you help me with an EFI folder for the same?
Thanks in advance.

Lucivan
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Lucivan

sorry English, My hackintosh is running everything audio, video and network. but sometimes it restarts out of nowhere, especially when it gets long dominion period. what can I do ?

BobbyFrench
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BobbyFrench

Damm bro, I did it with my Intel NUC skull
here is the specs, it works f*** good, but I don’t have the bluetooth working and the audio, need to look at this..
version 10.13.1 (17B1003)
Model Identifier: iMac17,1
Processor Name: Intel Core i7
Processor Speed: 2.59 GHz
Memory: 32 GBChipset Model:
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580

galileo
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galileo

starts at Apple logo half way progress bar get something like small gear circle and all freeze, any ideas? I am using H P laptop i5-7300HQ

Mike
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Mike

bis jetzt die beste anleitung die ich im web gefunden habe ,selbs mit übersetzung in deutsch kein problem! danke

Reelevant
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Reelevant

Hands-down, no-nonsense, best tutorial on installation of Clover + (High) Sierra. Your tip of creating Install USB flash drives did that, thank you. I made a few to have around, these things are very volatile. And finally, after two months of living off the USB someone tells it how it is and gets me on a local hard drive. Bliss :))

Jason
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Jason

Ok macOS 10.13.1 successfully installed! Mac Store now shows I can update to 10.13.2, can I do it through Mac Store or no?

Evrins
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Evrins

you can backup your whole system with Carbon Copy Cloner before upgrading to a new version of macos
just restore from backup if failed
do not forget to make the backup disk bootable

Evrins
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Evrins

Thank this guide for saving me from banned sign with unibeast created usb installer

Ryan
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Ryan

Whenever I run terminal I get an error when inserting the line cd /Volumes/Macintosh SSD
It tells me “No such file or directory” However, I’ve named my drive Macintosh SSD and it shows up in the Image Volume as such. Thanks for your help!

Ryan
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Ryan

I solved my own problem thanks to Google. If anyone experiences this same problem it is due to having a space in the name of your drive. If there is a space you need to have a after the first word. In my case the terminal line looked like this:
cd /Volumes/Macintosh SSD

Sorry if everyone already knows this haha. Hopefully it helps someone else on the same rookie level as me 🙂

Lucas
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Lucas

I am stuck at the beginning after pressing Boot OS X install from install macOS. The Apple logo appears with a line under loading up the installer. After 2/3 of the way done the logo and line disappear and displays a circle with a slash in the middle. My specs are MSI Z270i Gaming pro carbon ac itx, intel core i5 6600k, gtx 1080