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Can't log into Mac and fail to repair disk in Recovery Mode

I decided to restart my Mac one day, but I found that I couldn't log in using my regular user ID. I tried to repair the disk by booting into recovery, but the disk utility didn't display my container. After that, I was able to install the OS on a different APFS volume, and everything was operating as it should until I noticed that my memory pressure was rising to red, even though the SWAP bytes were still at zero. Tried repairing the corrupted partition with disk util first aid but it can't be completed. I only have disk1s5 for my newly installed OS. disk1s6 is my attempt at creating the VM partition but when I try to change the disk role to VM it gives the error "Error setting APFS Volume role: Unable to set the APFS Volume Role (-69599)". Any help is appreciated.

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iBoysoft author Amanda Wong

Amanda Wong

Answered on Monday, February 19, 2024

You can install macOS on another APFS volume and boot up from it, if the memory pressure indicator is red, you may need to release RAM on your Mac. Besides, the Preboot, Recovery, and VM volumes are needed for the macOS to function properly, which may prevent you from editing.

You said you can't log into Mac, Mac won't accept the correct password or Mac stuck on loading login screen? When it occurs, you can try these methods to fix it: reset NVRAM/PRAM, reset SMC, Boot into Safe Mode, reset your password, recover data and reset your Mac, repair the drive in disk utility, reinstall macOS in recovery mode, etc.

If the APFS container not showing up in Disk Utility in macOS Recovery Mode,  it could be damaged or dead, then it prevents you from repairing it and reinstalling macOS. What you can try is to erase the whole Mac internal hard drive, but you'd better recover data from it before reformatting. iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is a good choice to recover data from corrupted APFS volume. Besides, you can use Time Machine to back up the current volume from which the Mac boots up from it.

If you still want to boot up from the disk1s5 APFS volume, you can free up memory or RAM on Mac when you find a red memory pressure in the Activity Monitor. 


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