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How to upgrade MacOSX Big Sur to Monterey with an encrypted drive

Updater Interface

I am trying to upgrade an old laptop with the latest OS from apple. Sadly, the current upgrade program is unable to do so if the main partition/volume/container is encrypted.

Add a new Volume with Disk Utility

In disk utility click on you current container then click the little plus to create a new volume:

Add new Volume

Now type a new name, eg. "monterey", select APFS (Upper-/Lowercase) and confirm with Add

Continue the installation

Back in the Upgradeer the new volume should have been recognise already. Select it to continue the process while keeping your data secure.

Future questions

The biggest question is, can the new volume be encrypted in the future to secure the OS as well as the data?

At the time of writing, I can not answer this. I will look into it in the coming days. Consider subscribing to my RSS/Atom Feed so you don't miss it.