I just got a new 16″ MacBook Pro but things have gone awry while migrating my data from another Mac. Would appreciate any advice you might have.
When I opened the new computer, I turned it on and made a new account just to make sure it worked. Seeing that it did, I began the data migration process from my old MBP (still running Mojave) using Migration Assistant. The migration seemed to be going ridiculously slowly to the point that I thought it was frozen. I then realized that I could get all the data from Time Machine on my backup drive, so I cancelled the process.
To make sure I had a clean start again, I rebooted the new computer in recovery mode and reinstalled MacOS Catalina. But unfortunately this stopped halfway through claiming there was an internet problem (I was seated right next to my router).
After this point, whenever I restarted the computer, it would either flash the folder with the question mark (i.e. no bootable drive found) or it would enter internet recovery mode. In the case of the latter, I would enter my wifi password and then it would gyrate for about 10 minutes until it gave up, showing the failed globe icon along with the message “apple.com/support
-2002F“. I wasn’t able to enter the typical recovery menu at all.
Now no matter what I do, it boots into internet recovery mode: booting up normally, holding CMD + R, holding Option + Cmd + R, etc. I have created and inserted two bootable USB drives into the computer, one with Catalina and the other with Mojave. When I hold Option while starting up, it correctly displays the two drives (and the wifi menu underneath). But when either is selected, it goes back into internet recovery mode anyway.
Has anyone else experienced problems like this? Anything else I can try? I’m very excited to use my new machine but this is proving to be immensely frustrating so far. Thanks for your time!