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[Fixed!] The Version Of macOS On The Selected Disk Needs To Be Reinstalled

Updated on Wednesday, January 3, 2024

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Troubleshooting: The Version Of macOS On The Selected Disk Needs To Be Reinstalled

Summary: This article offers 3 effective troubleshooting on the messages saying that 'The version of macOS on the selected disk needs to be reinstalled' and 'Use Recovery to reinstall macOS or select another startup disk'. iBoysoft DiskGeeker is a wonderful helper which clones your disk effectively.

The Version Of macOS On The Selected Disk Needs To Be Reinstalled

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An updated operating system always brings appropriate patches to annoying bugs, fixes to incompatibility between operating systems and software, and new enhancements and features to system settings and applications. However, some users encounter the error message as they install the update on their Macs:

  • On macOS Monterey & Big Sur: "The version of macOS on the selected disk needs to be reinstalled. Use Recovery to install macOS or select another startup disk". You have two options to choose from below the message: Startup Disk and Recovery... below the message. 
    The Version Of macOS On The Selected Disk Needs To Be Reinstalled
  • On macOS High Sierra: "The version of macOS on the selected disk needs to be reinstalled. Use macOS Utilities to reinstall macOS or select another startup disk". There are two options below for you to select: Startup Disk and macOS Utilities... 
    The Version Of macOS On The Selected Disk Needs To Be Reinstalled

You need not worry about this new prompt. This article from iBoysoft presents a definite guide on how to fix the "The version of macOS on the selected disk needs to be reinstalled" in detail.

The version of macOS on the selected disk needs to be reinstalled: why does it happen?

When encountering the error notice while booting Mac from a USB device or installing an OS update from the Startup disk on Mac, a number of factors might be explored:

  1. The macOS on your Mac is damaged or corrupted.
  2. You have replaced the hard drive or SSD on your Mac.
  3. The Mac operating system data is corrupted.

Based on the error instruction given by your macOS computer, you have two solutions here to get rid of this error: either reinstalling macOS in Recovery Mode or selecting an alternative boot drive.

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The version of macOS on the selected disk needs to be reinstalled: how to fix it?

You can gain detailing steps on how to reinstall macOS in Recovery Mode and an elaborated tutorial on how to select another startup disk in this part. 

But before going through with the suggestion provided by the error message, launching Disk Utility to repair the disk is worth a shot, which should be completed under the macOS Recovery Mode because it might take minutes to hours in normal mode.

Solution 1: Launch Disk Utility to repair the disk

You need to launch Disk Utility in macOS Recovery Mode which rules out any interrupting process and software that might block the process.

Step 1: Boot your Mac into Recovery Mode.

For Intel-based Macs:

  1. Completely shut down your Mac and then press the power button or Touch ID button to power on your Mac.
  2. Hold down the Command + R keys together as soon as Mac starts or you hear the startup chime.
  3. Keep holding down the keys for a few seconds until you see an Apple logo and release the keys to start your Mac in the Recovery partition.
  4. You successfully boot into macOS Recovery until you see the utilities window with a few recoveries and troubleshooting features.

For M1/M2/M3 Macs:

  1. Completely shut down your Mac.
  2. Press and hold the Touch ID (the power button) for a few seconds until you see "Loading startup options".
  3. Click Options next to the Mac's Macintosh HD disk and then click Continue.
  4. Enter your admin name and password if asked and you will arrive at the Recovery Mode screen.

Step 2: Select the macOS Utilities window and choose Disk Utility from the main menu.

Step 3: Select the disk notifying you of the error code and click First Aid from the top menubar.

The version of macOS on the selected disk needs to be reinstalled how to fix it

Step 4: Click Run to start the repairing process.

Wait for the process to end. If Disk Utility fails to repair your disk, follow the guidelines below to reinstall macOS or replace a startup disk.

Solution 2: Reinstall macOS

Generally speaking, macOS reinstallation in Recovery Mode wouldn't erase your disk and wipe your personal data, but it's always a good idea to have a backup of your important data in response to any accident.

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As the clone ends, now let's reinstall macOS on your Mac without data loss:

Step 1: Connect your device to the power supply or the process might be stopped without enough energy.

Step 2: Enter the macOS recovery Mode on your Mac and click the macOS Utilities option on macOS High Sierra or the Reinstall macOS option on macOS Big Sur & Monterey.

Step 3: Once you enter the macOS Recovery Mode and open the macOS Utilities window, select Reinstall macOS from the context menu.

The version of macOS on the selected disk needs to be reinstalled how to fix it

Step 4: Click Continue.

Step 4: Follow the on-screen instructions and choose the disk where you want to reinstall macOS. This should typically be your startup disk.

Step 5: The reinstallation process will begin and it might take some time. Just be patient, please.

Once the reinstallation finishes, your Mac will restart without a hitch and the error code won't show up again.

Solution 3: Choose a new startup disk

If you have no interest in reinstalling macOS, selecting another startup disk to boot your Mac is a nice choice as well. Keep reading to see how to select another startup disk on your Mac:

Change your startup disk once

Step 1: Shut down your Mac, then do one of the following:

  • On M-series chip Macs: Press and hold the power button until "Loading startup options" appears.
  • On Mac mini: Wait for the system indicator light to turn amber.
  • On other Mac computers: Press and hold the Option key as you press the power button to start up your Mac.

Step 2: When you see the available startup disks, select one, then click the Continue button (on a Mac with Apple silicon) or the Up arrow (on other Mac computers).

The next time you restart your computer, it starts up from the disk you selected.

Set a default startup disk

Step 1: On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Settings, click General in the sidebar, then click Startup Disk on the right. (You may need to scroll down.)

Step 2: Click the icon of the disk you want to use, then click Restart.

On top of that, clicking the Startup Disk on the error popup to select a new bootup drive also works fine.

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Tips for fixing 'The version on the macOS on the selected disk needs to be reinstalled'

  1. I acquired a used MacBook Pro, and when turning on the laptop it tells me “The version on the macOS on the selected disk needs to be reinstalled” and “Use Recovery to reinstall macOS or select another startup disk” . I click startup disk nothing is happening, I go to recovery and follow the instructions nothing is happening. I tried searching on support what to do and found institutions on how to download by going to utilities > terminal but it keeps failing. what can I do?

You might be blocked by the trouble that both macOS reinstallation and startup disk change give no response and cannot fix the error code at all. In such a case, there are two solutions for you to troubleshoot  it:

You can erase the drive completely and use the Internet Recovery mode to install a clean system in macOS Internet Recovery Mode.

Alternatively, you can create a bootable installer and boot your Mac from it. Note that the computer has the Touch ID/Secure Enclave Chip will not allow you to do so, thus you need to go to access Startup Security Utility for permission first.

Wrap up

"The version on the macOS on the selected disk needs to be reinstalled" message frequently pops up and interrupts you repeatedly. Do not be upset, this article offers you a step-by-step tutorial on how to get it fixed. You can try one to fix the error message as you wish and then restart your Mac as usual without any trouble.