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Create Custom Entries to Hide Preboot and Recovery APFS Volumes with Clover Configurator With the release of High Sierra and the APFS file system, Clover users now have "extra" entries appearing in their Main Menu - Preboot and Recovery APFS volumes. While they are harmless and actually useful in certain circumstances (eg need Preboot to boot if using File Vault encryption, need Recovery to fix some file system problems), most users will likely want to hide them in day to day use. Note: This guide is tailored to those users who want to understand how to create custom APFS entries and the "nuts and bolts" of how Clover parses the file system looking for efi loader entries. If all you want to do is hide entries, the easiest way is through the GUI/Hide section of the config.plist. This won't allow you to rename custom entries, nor unhide them with the <F3> key (at least not till Clover r4247). Pre-requisites macOS High Sierra installed on APFS SSD or HDD Clover r4097+ with apfs.efi installed in /EFI/CLOVER/drivers64UEFI or /EFI/CLOVER/drivers64 Clover Configurator v 126.96.36.199 or later Procedure 1. Record output of "diskutil list" and "diskutil apfs list" to determine the layout of the actual physical disk(s) and the synthesized APFS container. In my example, the High Sierra Volume is named macOS_HS and is installed in physical disk partition disk3s4. fusion71aus-iMac:~ fusion71au$ diskutil list /dev/disk3 (internal, physical): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *1.0 TB disk3 1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk3s1 2: Microsoft Basic Data DATA 935.6 GB disk3s2 3: Microsoft Reserved 134.2 MB disk3s3 4: Apple_APFS Container disk4 63.6 GB disk3s4 5: Apple_KernelCoreDump 655.4 MB disk3s5 /dev/disk4 (synthesized): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: APFS Container Scheme - +63.6 GB disk4 Physical Store disk3s4 1: APFS Volume macOS_HS 34.3 GB disk4s1 2: APFS Volume Preboot 20.9 MB disk4s2 3: APFS Volume Recovery 519.6 MB disk4s3 4: APFS Volume VM 20.5 KB disk4s4 2. Generate Clover Boot Log with terminal bdmesg > ~/Documents/bootlog.txt Note: for easier analysis of boot log, please remove all Custom/Hidden Entries from config.plist/GUI first (leaving only Clover auto scanning) before generating it. 3. Open bootlog.txt with a text editor and under the [ ScanLoader ] section, note the volume numbers corresponding to the Preboot, High Sierra and Recovery APFS volumes... Preboot Volume ---> 24 High Sierra Volume ---> 25 Recovery Volume ---> 26 4. Under [ ScanVolumes ] section, record the UUIDs of the above 3 Volumes In this example Vol 24 = Preboot: E38C70C3-C1C1-4096-B2DE-2EE2660FCE41,0x6CF46800,0x7687D88)\VenMedia(BE74FCF7-0B7C-49F3-9147-01F4042E6842,050BA2A72D1D0E4D8ABDE9B99632868E Partition UUID = E38C70C3-C1C1-4096-B2DE-2EE2660FCE41 Vol UUID = 050BA2A72D1D0E4D8ABDE9B99632868E (little endian format) Vol 25 = macOS_HS: E38C70C3-C1C1-4096-B2DE-2EE2660FCE41,0x6CF46800,0x7687D88)\VenMedia(BE74FCF7-0B7C-49F3-9147-01F4042E6842,67B6FC62811C594E819DACAE2F90240D Partition UUID = E38C70C3-C1C1-4096-B2DE-2EE2660FCE41 Vol UUID = 67B6FC62-811C-594E-819D-ACAE2F90240D (little endian format), 62FCB667-1C81-4E59-819D-ACAE2F90240D (big endian format) Vol 26 = Recovery: E38C70C3-C1C1-4096-B2DE-2EE2660FCE41,0x6CF46800,0x7687D88)\VenMedia(BE74FCF7-0B7C-49F3-9147-01F4042E6842,F3D73FFF25C8334DAF3C183BC35433DF Partition UUID = E38C70C3-C1C1-4096-B2DE-2EE2660FCE41 Vol UUID = F3D73FFF25C8334DAF3C183BC35433DF (little endian format) Note the partition UUIDs for all the APFS volumes are the same because they are all formed from the same physical disk partition disk3s4 = E38C70C3-C1C1-4096-B2DE-2EE2660FCE41 5. Mount the APFS Volumes to determine the "path" to boot.efi for the Preboot and Recovery Volumes. In terminal: fusion71aus-iMac:~ fusion71au$ diskutil mount disk4s2 Volume Preboot on disk4s2 mounted fusion71aus-iMac:~ fusion71au$ diskutil mount disk4s3 Volume Recovery on disk4s3 mounted fusion71aus-iMac:~ fusion71au$ open /Volumes In Finder, the hidden folder /Volumes will open (or use "ShowAllFiles.app" attached)... Record the "path to boot.efi" by expanding the directory tree of Preboot and Recovery (hint: drag the icon of boot.efi to a terminal window for full path): So for Preboot Volume, path = /Volumes/Preboot/62FCB667-1C81-4E59-819D-ACAE2F90240D/System/Library/CoreServices/boot.efi --> record as \62FCB667-1C81-4E59-819D-ACAE2F90240D\System\Library\CoreServices\boot.efi and for Recovery Volume, path = /Volumes/Recovery/62FCB667-1C81-4E59-819D-ACAE2F90240D/boot.efi ---> record as \62FCB667-1C81-4E59-819D-ACAE2F90240D\boot.efi Notes Need backslashes in the path, including the leading \ The UUID in the paths to boot.efi, for both the Preboot and Recovery APFS volumes, is the same = Vol UUID of the High Sierra Volume in big endian format... 6. Open Clover Configurator, mount EFI System Partition to edit /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/config.plist 7. Click GUI section on LHS and the + sign under Custom Entries to create New Custom Entry 8. Create Preboot High Sierra Custom Entry In Volume, copy and paste Vol UUID of Preboot Volume from step 4 In Path, copy and paste path to boot.efi from step 5, including the leading \ Click Title/FullTitle and enter the display name you want eg "Preboot High Sierra" Set Injectkexts and Hidden attributes to Yes Set Entry type to OSX Leave VolumeType blank 9. Create APFS Recovery Custom Entry In Volume, copy and paste Vol UUID of Recovery APFS Volume from step 4 In Path, copy and paste path to boot.efi from step 5, including the leading \ Click Title/FullTitle and enter the display name you want eg "APFS Recovery" Set Injectkexts and Hidden attributes to Yes Set Entry type to OSXRecovery Leave VolumeType blank 10. Save config.plist and reboot the system. At the main Clover Menu, you should see something like this ... To unhide the custom APFS entries, press the F3 key Update: New "macOS Install Prebooter" Entry with Clover r4225+ Clover r4225+ has added new code to detect OS X installer data on the Preboot Volume ---> causes an extra entry at the Clover Main Menu: "Boot macOS Install Prebooter from Preboot"... If you mount your Preboot volume, you will see ... Method for hiding the new entry would be similar to hiding the Preboot Entry discussed above: In Volume, copy and paste Vol UUID of Preboot Volume from step 4 In Path, copy and paste path to boot.efi from step 5, including the leading \ (eg \UUID\com.apple.installer\boot.efi ) Click Title/FullTitle and enter the display name you want eg "High Sierra Install Prebooter" Set Injectkexts and Hidden attributes to Yes Set Entry type to OSXInstaller Leave VolumeType blank Custom Entry for Fusion Drive Installation of Sierra or High Sierra - post#22. sample_config.plist.zip apfs.efi.zip ShowAllFiles.app.zip Clover_v2.4k_r4220.zip