Sierra installer won't let me choose Macintosh HD to install to?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by zauriel, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. zauriel macrumors member


    Apr 28, 2007
    Nixa, MO
    I'm on a 2011 Mac Mini running El Capitan. So I downloaded macOS Sierra from the App Store. I run the installer and get to the screen where it asks you to choose the destination disk for install. It lists my external HDD and my second internal HDD as options, and grayed out are my Time Machine backup disk, and the Macintosh HD (an SSD). When I click on the grayed-out Macintosh HD, a popup says:

    "This disk has S.M.A.R.T. errors.

    This disk has a hardware problem that can't be repaired. Back up as much of the data as possible and replace the disk."

    My Macintosh HD is a 480GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD. I've had no issues with it since I had it put in back in January 2015. I've never had a message like this come up previously. I just ran First Aid in Disk Utility while in Recovery HD and it's come back fine, says the disk checks out. And I had no issues when I did the last upgrade from Yosemite to El Capitan. So I'm having a hard time figuring out why the hell I can't even get started with installing Sierra. If anybody's got any insight into this issue, has seen it also, or can give me any advice on where to go from here, it'd be appreciated.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Run this command in Terminal to see the SMART status for the drive.

    diskutil info disk0 | grep SMART
  3. zauriel, Sep 21, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2016

    zauriel thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 28, 2007
    Nixa, MO
    When I run that exact entry, it just tells me

    SMART Status: Verified

    However, in Disk Utility, my boot SSD is not disk0, it's disk1 (disk0 is my other internal HDD I use for storage). When I run that line with disk1, it says

    SMART Status: Failing

    So is that it? My drive is telling me it's gonna give up the ghost soon?

    EDIT: It's a good thing this drive is still under OWC's warranty. I went ahead and contacted them about this and have set up an RMA to get a replacement.

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