How to troubleshoot no disk options when prompted to “select disk where you want to install Mac OS”

Some people experience difficulties while attempting to install Mac OS. They can’t get past the screen that says “Select the Disk Where You Want to Install Mac OS.” And the Mac installation will either hang or remain stuck on the screen indefinitely. In this post, I’ll show you how to fix the error “Select the Disk Where You Want to Install Mac OS” in a few simple steps. To do so, please follow the instructions listed below.

If your Mac OS installation has stopped at the “Select the disk where you wish to install Mac OS X” prompt after booting up your Mac and doesn’t give you any options to choose from, we have a solution for you. To solve this problem once and for all, follow the steps outlined below.

  1. To begin, restart your Mac and then simultaneously press and hold the “COMMAND” and “R” keys.
  2. Open Disk Utility after that.
  3. On the left side, you must now select the disk/HDD.
  4. If you can’t find the disc, click on the button in the upper left corner and then select “Show all discs.”
  5. Select the Erase tab, which is found on the right side of the screen.
  6. Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as the format, and give it a name in the Name column.
  7. Now you must select Erase from the drop-down menu. This will create a new partition on your hard drive.
  8. Finally, exit Disk Utility and proceed to the next step in the Mac OS installation process.

The process above conducts a reset on your disk and allows for it to start working again. Now when you go to install a disk the option for it should not show.

When you first launch Office you will be presented with the screen above. This shows a list of different disks you can install, however, the error here is we cannot see the disk as it either is physically implemented or digitally added. The process above allows you to digitally install the disk, once completed you will be able to select it and it will continue to install.

In-depth step by step guide – How to troubleshoot no disk options when prompted to “select disk where you want to install Mac OS”

Step by step breakdown with screenshots

  • To begin, restart your Mac and then simultaneously press and hold the “COMMAND” and “R” keys.
  • Open Disk Utility after that.
  • On the left side, you must now select the disk/HDD.

Good news, our disk is mounted correctly, therefore it is showing here. If it isn’t mounted correctly, it won’t be displayed here, so you will need to open up your computer and check that the drive is in working order and properly installed.

  • If you can’t find the disc, click on the button in the upper left corner and then select “Show all discs.”

If you have more than 5 disks some will hide in the show all tab, click on this then select your disk, if it doesn’t show then again make sure your disk is properly mounted in your PC.

  • Select the Erase tab, which is found on the right side of the screen.
  • Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as the format, and give it a name in the Name column.
  • Now you must select Erase from the drop-down menu. This will create a new partition on your hard drive.
  • Finally, exit Disk Utility and proceed to the next step in the Mac OS installation process.

Once the method above has been implemented you will be able to add your disk without any issues. As mentioned earlier if the disk can’t be added on via this method, you will need to manually check to see if the drive is installed correctly or not. 

If you see that the drive is displaying but not connecting to your PC then chances are that the power has been connected, the disk is running, however, it’s not properly connected to the data port. You may need to again open up your computer and check to make sure that the data has been properly connected.

Check your HDD health to fix no disk options when prompted

Your hard drive is the heart of your computer, the repository for all of your most essential files. While most PC components may be replaced, you won’t be able to replace your hard drive’s essential data unless you have a recent backup. As a result, it’s critical to verify the health of your hard disc on Mac OS. There are several ways to verify this, ranging from Mac’s built-in procedures to the diagnostic tools provided by your HDD manufacturer.

Step by step guide – Check your drive’s health on a Mac

The first thing you need to do is verify the hard drive’s health. This is done via a technique known as verification, and it’s fairly simple:

  • Start Disk Utility, which is located in the /Applications/Utility folder.
  • From the left-hand menu, choose the Mac hard disc and then the “First Aid” tab.
  • Allow it to run by clicking “Verify Disk” in the lower right corner.
  • The window will fill with information regarding the drive’s health; statements indicating that everything is fine will display in black, while messages indicating that anything is wrong will appear in red.

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