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How to access macOS Mojave Recovery on VMware on Windows

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I wanted to upgrade the macOS 10.14 Mojave to macOS 10.15 Catalina, but I faced an error. The error was about the file system, the Mojave which I am using inside the Vmware, its filesystem is HFS but not APFS. So, I needed to convert Hackintosh File System.

To convert the Hackintosh system to the Apple file system, I needed to access the Recovery panel on the actual computer. On Mac pressing Command + R will take you to recovery mode. In VMware Fusion also Command + R can do it but in Windows, it doesn’t work that way.

If you generated a macOS recovery Image or macOS Boot Image, Command+R will still work in the virtual machine. Here’s what you need to do to start up recovery mode for macOS Mojave on VMware Fusion:

Access macOS Mojave Recovery mode on VMware on Windows 10

Step 1. Download macOS Mojave Recovery Image

I didn’t create this macOS Mojave recovery image – in fact, I got it from Geekrar. This recovery image can take you straight to the recovery mode of macOS in Virtualbox and VMware on Windows 10. But there are some steps you need to take beforehand.

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But first, you have to download the macOS Mojave recovery mode to go further.

Step 2. Edit the Virtual Machine

After you have downloaded the macOS Mojave recovery image, you need to add it to your virtual machine. Simply open your VMware software and power off the virtual machine if it is turned on.

Step 3. Attach the macOS Mojave recovery Image

Adding macOS Mojave Recovery.

In the hardware type window, select the Hard Disk and click Next.

The disk type is SATA, so click continue as it is selected by default.

Since the macOS Mojave recovery image is already created in the VMDK extension, you have to select Use an existing Virtual Disk.

Click browse and locate the macOS Mojave Recovery Image for the VMware on Windows 10.

Once the macOS Mojave recovery image is selected you may face the below alert by the Virtual Machine.

The chosen virtual disk can be converted to the newest format by this workstation 15.x Virtual Machine. However, after the conversation, the virtual disk will be unusable with the older Virtual Machine.

Here you have to select Keep the existing format, however, I have tried the convert too. It didn’t do anything but it is good to be careful.

Step 4. Remove the CD/DVD ROM

You can simply remove the CD/DVD Room compatibility from the VMware Virtual Machine for macOS Mojave.

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Here is How you can remove the CD/DVD ROM.

  • Edit the Virtual machine settings.
  • Select the CD/DVD ROM.
  • Click Remove.

Step 5. Configure Virtual Device Node

Now you’re going to set up the VM node with both hard drive paths. So, select one and then click on the advanced tab.

First, change the node to SATA 0:3 and click ok. Then select the macOS Mojave recovery image and change its virtual device node to SATA 0:0. After doing that select the Hard Disk that contains the macOS Mojave and finally change its node to SATA 0:1.

Basically, see the screenshot below and you will know which hard disk contains the virtual device node port.

Step 6. Power on the Virtual Machine

Let’s power on the Virtual Machine and it will take you to a macOS Mojave recovery mode. From there, you can do the following:

  • Restore from Time machine backup: If you previously created a backup within the macOS 10.14 Mojave, here is how to restore it with some steps. Thankfully, as it’s a virtual machine, the process of restoring the Virtual Machine should go pretty smoothly.
  • Reinstall macOS: If you are not satisfied with running macOS Mojave inside the virtual machine, you can reinstall it from here.
  • Get Help Online: Get Help if you are facing any problem with anything here.
  • Disk Utility: As you know that Disk Utility is a tool designed to perform various functions related to partitions and hard drives. It can be used for tasks such as formatting or creating new volumes, while it also lets you change the file system of the hard drive. For example, if your OS volume is formatted in HFS+, you can convert it to APFS from here. However, if the Disk utility can’t perform the task you can simply open something called “Terminal” from the menu at the top.
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How to Get Out of macOS Mojave Recovery on VMware on Windows 10?

Now that you know how to access the macOS 10.14 Mojave recovery mode on VMware Workstation on Windows, you can easily get out of there.

Step 1. Edit the VMware settings

Open VMware and you will see that the macOS Mojave virtual machine contains two VMDK files: one which belongs to the image for a Mac, and another meant as a backup.

Step 2. Remove the macOS Mojave Boot Image

Remove the macOS Mojave Boot image, select the Hard Disk which contains macOS Mojave, and then change the virtual device node to SATA 0:0.

Step 3. Add CD/DVD ROM

Before powering on the Virtual machine, you need to insert a CD/DVD ROM. To do this, simply click Add and select CD/DVD ROM.

When you have finished making changes, click OK and power on the VM


Download the macOS Mojave recovery image, then mount that within your Virtual machine. Change the Virtual Device node and Power on the Virtual Machine. That’s all with How to access macOS Mojave Recovery on VMware on Windows 10


Shubham is a prolific writer who has contributed many detailed tutorials for A tech enthusiast and avid Apple fan, Shubham has shared his knowledgeable work with other many popular tech sites like Business Magazine, Thrive Global etc.

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