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Install not detecting Mac SSD

Postby hwhea » 2017-05-19 12:54

Hello all,

I'm attempting to dual boot Debian 8.8 alongside Mac OSX Sierra on an early 2015 Macbook Air.

Whenever I get to the partitioning section of the install, only the USB with which I am installing is found - the mac SSD isn't. I'm using a full install DVD and not a netinst. Additionally, for some reason, rEFIt doesn't see the install USB but mac's boot manager does (holding alt). Not sure if these symptoms are related or not. When I boot the installer from mac's boot manager it seems to work fine up until not finding the drive.

Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.
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Re: Install not detecting Mac SSD

Postby milomak » 2017-05-19 20:17

is it a fusion drive?
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Re: Install not detecting Mac SSD

Postby hwhea » 2017-05-20 18:54

Thanks for the reply! Still no luck here, tried all sorts.

I don't think i have fusion drive. The disk is named Macintosh SSD or something along those lines, with two partitions (Mac & Debian - both created in Disk Utility). I get through the installer but when I get to disk partitioning, the SSD simply is not listed at all.

Baffling me, doesn't seem to be a common problem either if Google searches are anything to go by.
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Re: Install not detecting Mac SSD

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2017-05-20 18:57

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Re: Install not detecting Mac SSD

Postby hwhea » 2017-05-20 20:54

Just had a look, seems to be an NVMe device. I'll look into a solution for mac users and if I see results, I'll post again. Thanks for the heads up.
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Re: Install not detecting Mac SSD

Postby hwhea » 2017-05-20 22:13

If anybody has any ideas, feel free to post them. I'm getting nowhere with this. Now on a fresh install of OS X, still no change (not that I expected any - but was worth a try).
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Re: Install not detecting Mac SSD

Postby stevepusser » 2017-05-21 00:35

What went wrong with the jessie-backports in the installer workaround? Is the installer able to make a Net connection?
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