Bootcamp “Could Not Locate macOS Boot Volume” Fix

If you are like me, then you love to play video games. However, I own a Macbook Pro.

Don’t get me wrong; this is a nice computer and all; however it is definitely not meant for gaming.

After searching around for a way to boot into Windows on a MAC, I stumbled across a program called “Bootcamp”, that was already built into MAC! This was perfect!

I opened it, and after setting it up, booted into Windows. The experience was flawless; except for one thing. I was ready to go back into my MACos partition, however, I was unable to do so, due to one pesky error message: “Could not locate the macOS boot volume”.

If you would like to see the video version of this step-by-step process, you can watch it below:

1. Click the Windows Button

Image of selecting the Windows icon in Bootcamp

The first step is clicking the Windows icon in the bottom right of your screen.

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2. Select the Power Icon

Image of the "power" button WIndows

Directly after you have clicked the Windows icon, something like this should pop up. When it does, select the “Power” option.

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3. Click “Restart” While Holding Down the ‘Option’ Key

Image of restarting your computer

You will now be presented with these 4 options (“Sleep”, “Hibernate”, “Shut down”, and “Restart”). Out of these options, you want to choose “Restart”.

However, as you do so, you so, you also want to start holding down the “option” key on your keyboard. You will continue to hold this key down until you see the Partition Page come up.

Image of the MacBook Pro Keyboard

4. Select the macOS Partition From the Two

Image of both partitions from MAC and WIndows

Once you see something that looks like this, you can now stop holding down the “option” key. Out of the two options (Macintosh HD and Windows), you want to choose Macintosh HD.

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5. Login to macOS

Image of logging into macOS

If you have done everything right, then you should start to load into the Macintosh Partition. Once you are in, it should be exactly as you left it, when you went into Windows.

If you didn’t already know, if you are in macOS and you want to launch back into Windows, then you can bring your mouse to the top right of your screen, where the little Apple icon is. Click this, then click Restart. Due to the fact that you have downloaded and setup Bootcamp, then after you click Restart, it should show you a pop-up, giving you the option to “Restart in Windows”.

If, for any reason, that does not work, then you can do this in reverse; you restart, all the while holding the “option” key, until you see the partition key. However, instead of choosing “Macintosh HD”, you select “Windows”.

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I hope that this article was exactly what you were looking for, and has cleared things up for you, allowing you to easily switch between MAC and Windows as you please.

If you have any further questions or comments, check out my video here, or shoot me an email at: grant.steins@gmail.com.

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