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Using 2014 Mac mini I bought and installed a brand new 500GB SSD Samsung 860 EVO, I did a recovery with cmd+option+R, I used Disk Utility to format the drive and then ran the Mojave installer.

After some loading, it gives me a black screen with a blinking folder and a question mark on it.

Can anyone tell me why this is happening and possibly how to fix it?

Also, If I try “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” formatting I get an error during installation that conversion to APFS fails.

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  • When you formatted it, did you make sure it was GUID/HFS+ not MBR/HFS+ ?
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 21, 2019 at 7:35
  • @Tetsujin Yes, it is GUID
    – mgPePe
    Apr 21, 2019 at 9:51

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