Upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra fails when using a Crucial BX100 SSD

Bit Baby

Upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra fails when using a Crucial BX100 SSD

I have a late 2011 MacBook Pro (13 inch), which I upgraded with a Crucial BX100 SSD (identified in macOS as



When trying to upgrade to the latest version of macOS 10.13 (High Sierra), the upgrades fails complaining about a firmware validation error.  Upon looking in the log file for the install, it becomes clear that the upgrade fails at the point when the SSD drive is being checked for compatibility with the new APFS file system.


As soon as the check fails, the OS aborts the install.


Does anyone know anyway I can get High Sierra to install or whether there is a firmware update to the SSD that will allow it to work?  My MacBook is a supported model and it's failing due to the Crucial SSD drive.  Without High Sierra I won't be able to get the latest security updates and it will prematurely force retirement of a perfectly working laptop.

6 Replies
Bit Baby

Re: Upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra fails when using a Crucial BX100 SSD

Finally got macOS 10.13 to install, but it's not easy.


  1. Clone the existing 10.12 install to a external USB HDD (using Carbon Copy Cloner).
  2. Boot from the USB drive.
  3. Install 10.13 onto the USB drive (very slow, but it works).
  4. Boot into 10.13 from the USB drive to check it is working.
  5. Erase the internal SSD and set it to be an APFS volume.
  6. Clone the 10.13 install from the USB drive back onto the internal SSD.
  7. Boot from the internal drive and ensure it's all working.

Total time to install - approx 6 hours due to all the cloning to an external USB 2.0 drive.


Doing this meant the High Sierra installer doesn't do the firmware check on the internal SSD drive and fail.  But I can format the SSD as APFS from within 10.13 and then clone back to it which seems to be working perfectly.


Not exactly happy that I have to do this on what was sold as a '100% compatible' drive, but at least I have it working.

Bit Baby

Re: Upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra fails when using a Crucial BX100 SSD

I was reading the plight of customers using OWC's Aura SSDs who are experiencing similar issues. One idea is to install High Sierra without converting your (Crucial) SSD to APFS (leaving it as HFS+). You can do this in Terminal...just Google "Installing High Sierra without converting to APFS" and there are several articles that will give you instructions on how to do this. I do not know if this will guarantee a successful installation of HS, because the nature of the problem has not been disclosed by Apple or any third-party SSD vendors to my knowledge.


Another idea is to hold off on updating to High Sierra until either Crucial releases a firmware update, if necessary, or Apple fixes the bug in a future update to High Sierra.


If staying with Sierra is your remaining option, I would not worry, as Apple will continue to issue Security Updates for at least another 12 to 18 months, possibly longer. As a matter of fact, Apple just released security updates for El Capitan and Yosemite back on July 19th of this year (macOS Sierra 10.12.6, Security Update 2017-003 El Capitan, and Security Update 2017-003 Yosemite).


If it's any consolation, I have a Crucial MX300 in my Late 2011 MacBook Pro and I am waiting on all of this to sort itself out before I attempt to update to High Sierra.


Kilobyte Kid

Re: Upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra fails when using a Crucial BX100 SSD

Similar problem here with a Crucial mx300 updated with firmware version 60.

Couldn’t install MacOs High Sierra 10,13,1 on APFS formatted mx300. It only could boot with the apfs patch. (It made the boot longer).

I had to install High Sierra with HFS, and activate manually the TRIM.


Concerns a macbook pro mid-2012, with Lion Mountain installed, never updated. I tried to update with the official way, impossible cause High Sierra on the store comes with a 19MB fake file.

Had to use a non official script to download the 5GB High Sierra file, to create a usb flash disk installer.

And the online recovery is still a Lion Mountain.


Not cool from Apple to make it difficult to update older operating software, on the last fully upgradable mac book pro mid 2012. (ddr3l & ssd)


Is it possible that a new firmware for the Crucial Mx300, would allow booting on Apple File System Crucial mx300 ?

Or the problem comes from High Sierra.


Kilobyte Kid

Re: Upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra fails when using a Crucial BX100 SSD

Is there an easier way to do this?

I am having the same problems with this - running Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.2 and can’t restore my Macintosh HDD internal drive to the newly purchased Crucial MX300 using the Disk Utility when booted using recovery mode.

Also - when the new SSD drive is formatted, which file format should be used, and does a partition need to be created manually, or will a single partition suffice (for my current internal HDD drive it shows a Hitachi volume of around 2GB, and then below a greyed our Macintosh HDD of the remaining circa 300GB of a 320GB total capacity).

This has had me really stuck trying different ways to get round this using Disk Utility to no avail.

Is there a way that has been devised yet which follows similar steps to the ones prescribed in the Crucial instructions that clearly don’t work for Mac High Sierra?

Any help would be much appreciated - this is my first attempt at trying to clone a hard drive for SSD replacement. I thought it would be straight forward!
Silicon Sultan

Re: Upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra fails when using a Crucial BX100 SSD

Interesting. I haven't had any issues with Crucial drives and macOS (Yosemite/Sierrra/High Sierra).  I usually do a clone when switching drives (Carbon Copy), and also have not had issue with APFS (I hear people with spinners see a slowdown or the like when using APFS). I actually prefer a fresh install, and then transfer stuff from the previous install.  Sadly, Disk Utility is not the most nimble tool...

Kilobyte Kid

Re: Upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra fails when using a Crucial BX100 SSD

How exactly are you cloning the original HDD installed within the macbook to the newly purcahsed SSD?  That is exactly what I am wishing to do.


Lookign to connect the new SSD via USB to the macbook, clone the entire contents (and partitions??) to the new SSD, replace the new SDD with the old HDD by physically rmeoving the casing etc, then use the macbook as if it normal, only with a replicated SSD drive installed goin forward.


The method prescribed by Crucial to do this has led me to the expeiencing the same problem as others have descreibed earlier in this post.


From reading online, it seems there are problems with Mac High Sierra not being able to "restore" (assume this means clone) the internal opertaional HDD to the new SDD via Disk Utility due to formatting issues on the target SDD?


Which step by step guide did you sucessfully use to clone an internal HDD to new SSD using Mac High Sierra?


Again, all comments, assitance, guidance and pointers welcome.