Just a heads up that I've got a couple of systems running Catalina 15.4 with APFS formatting using EVO Plus NVMe Drives. Updated the firmware and that was it, typing this post on one right now. No glitches or performance issues ever.NUC8i7BEH macOS 10.14.6 (18G103) update and HFS+ workaround
I’ve been running macOS 10.14.5 since Aug 12, 2019 on the NUC8i7BEH without any major issues. Install notes and full spec in earlier post #64. The only change is that I no longer use the Realtek RTL8811AU WiFi dongle as it worked intermittently, and I just use the wire Ethernet port on my QacQoc USB C adapter.
I decided to update to macOS 10.14.6 since I wanted to use the new version of Logic Pro X which only works on macOS 10.14.6+. My internal drive is a Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB M.2 SSD, which whilst fast is apparently unreliable when formatted APFS (happy to hear if this has changed for anyone), so it is formatted HFS+ instead. Since Mojave won’t install directly on HFS+ drives I’ve used the following workaround:
- Backed up my system drive with macOS Mojave 10.14.5
- Downloaded the macOS Mojave 10.14.6 Combo Update
- Left my Clover version Clover 2.4k r4961 as it was, but replaced the following Kexts as described here: Lilu, WhatEverGreen and AppleALC. For this part I mounted the EFI drive using Clover Configurator and manually replaced them in the ../Clover/kexts/other/ folder
- Used SuperDuper! 3.3.1 to image current macOS Mojave 10.14.5 on the internal Samsung 970 EVO Plus (HFS+) to an external USB SSD (same size), but formatted with APFS (as mentioned earlier Mojave won’t install on HFS+)
- Booted to the external SSD drive via Clover and launched “macOSUpdCombo10.14.6.dmg”
- MacOS 10.14.6 installed without issues (2 reboots, appx 30 minutes install)
- Ran new install for a day from the external SSD to check for any issues (there were none)
- Used SuperDuper! again to image new install (10.14.6) back to the internal Samsung 970 EVO plus (HFS+).
- Running stable now for a week. Only advisory is to perhaps (I haven't tried this) log out of your cloud services before doing step 4, as mine became disconnected from their respective local folders. In theory this won't happen if you log back in once you have completed step 8, as you will be back on the same physical drive.