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Apple File System (APFS) is a proprietary file system for macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS, developed and deployed by Apple Inc. It aims to fix core problems of HFS+ (also called Mac OS Extended), APFS's predecessor on these operating systems. Apple File System is optimized for flash and solid-state drive storage, with a primary focus on encryption.

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Restore factory APFS Container layout (bring Macintosh HD to disk1s1 instead of disk1s5)

Similarly to this question I'd like to restore factory APFS partition container structure after reinstalling macOS Big Sur from bootable USB flash drive, exactly: make Macintosh HD volume disk1s1 (...
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Mount APFS on Ubuntu Error while using apfs-fure

I have an apfs disk with some information that I need to access on my desktop. I am using Ubuntu 20.04 and I have looked to this article to find all the steps I need to be able to do this (https://...
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How to correctly view a restored DD (image-->partition) (Clonezilla) from an APFS filesystem?

Currently the partition which contains the restored image is unreadable by Windows.. So I attach that partition (inside the disk via USB) to a Mac computer and it also DOES NOT show up .. What am I ...
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Time machine says "Disk Full" even though 250GB is still available

I have a 5TB external drive, freshly made into a Time Machine backup disk (formatted as APFS). The data I need to backup is about 4.8TB, which should fit fine, and in the past has worked fine on ...
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AFPS or HFS+ better for large media RAID on macOS Monterey? Partition with Volume Sets or OS?

I'm upgrading my RAID 6 (74TB) to be used mostly with large media files. I have the option of making multiple separate RAID Volume Sets or use a single Volume Set to be partitioned at the OS level. ...
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How do I use gdisk/gpt to remove and add entries?

I have what appears to be a corrupted APFS container on my disk and after finding this post it seems that removing and adding gpt entries should help. I just don't know what numbers to use as I can't ...
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MacOS: copy HFS+ Time Machine data to APFS Time Machine Volume?

I created a new Time Machine volume under APFS. I want to preserve my older backups of the same system that are on an HFS+ drive; that is, I'd like to copy over that data to the APFS Time Machine ...
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How do I resize an APFS Volume to reclaim all space inside its container?

I'm running a MacPro 5,1 on MacOS 10.14.6 with a 500gb Samsung SSD as my boot/host drive. I recently ran out of space on my 500gb ssd so I speced an identical 1tb ssd. A clean reinstall is not an ...
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Redirect virtual location "C:/Users/Admin/Projects" to "/Volumes/Projects" in macOS

I'm attempting to set up a workflow where it is possible to open a Premiere Pro project located on a Windows 10 PC in C:/Users/Admin/Projects on a macOS machine, located on the same network. By ...
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How do I consolidate container disks to my main volume?

I am using MacOs Big Sur (11.3) and recently removed my dual-boot data, hoping to use the storage on my main volume instead. However, once I did this, it left behind APFS container disks. How do I ...
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How to convert HFS+ partition to APFS on Mac?

After struggling with deleting Ubuntu from my Mac alongside with macOS, after deleting EFI volume it became free and unused. How can I convert it to APFS again and include that in my HD storage? Disk ...
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Is there a way to share an APFS partition on Linux?

I want to share over the network a partition formatted as APFS using my laptop with Ubuntu 20. I was wondering if there is a way to share the partition "raw" so I can connect to it from my ...
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How to restore from a sealed APFS volume when restore fails "because it has a broken seal"

I have been researching this for many hours over the last week. A description of my research effort is at the end of this post. Disk Utility will not restore an APFS volume "because it has a ...
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Is it possible to grep for a deleted file on an APFS Filevault enabled SSD?

Due to a bug in github desktop I lost about a month worth of work on a personal project. If I could recover just one python script from it it would save me a ton of time re-doing it. I've been looking ...
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APFS partition corrupted after Paragon Disk Manager has failed

I am using a MacBook Pro 16" with Big Sur with FileVault enabled and used Paragon Disk Manager (latest version) to resize Bootcamp partition in the 1TB Internal SSD of my Mac. However, operation ...
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Install macOS Big Sur to HFS+ partition on a clean new HDD/SSD

Is it possible? May be by editing some scripts on the installation media... Or just by selecting a setting I've missed during installation. And prevent further converting HFS+ to APFS in the future. I ...
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Is there anyway to revert my mac to HFS from APFS?

Most of the time spent on my mac is spent on bootcamp or linux distros, but i have noticed that the main partition cannot be accessed by windows since it is APFS. Since the only way to access APFS is ...
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MacOS Catalina: Extend APFS Volume

Following is the result of diskutil list command: I want to extend disk0s2 to take up available space (29GB) since I have 128GB SSD and I have deleted container disk of size 29GB. I tried with disk ...
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How to load MacOS from an APFS partition using GRUB2?

This is a Apple machine, not a Hackintosh. Before Apple switched to APFS, you could put this inside a menu entry in GRUB: set root=(your OS X partition) chainloader /System/Library/CoreServices/boot....
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Is it possible to create a firmlink on the latest version of macOS Catalina?

synthetic.conf creates empty, mountable directories and symlinks, not firmlinks. While I do know you can create another volume inside the APFS container and use synthetic.conf to provide me with a ...
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Format an APFS hard disk on Windows

I have an internal SSD that was installed on a Mac laptop I owned. I bought a new Windows laptop and I want to install this SSD on it, but the drive is formatted in APFS. I installed Paragon APFS for ...
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Why does an APK file size of 7.6 MB allocate 1.36 GB on an exFAT formatted external hard drive when reverse-engineered?

I have an apk file size of 7.6 MB. When I reverse-engineer this apk file through apktool, which is a reverse engineering tool for apk files, it allocates 1.36 GB on an exFAT formatted external hard ...
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My Apple APFS partition is entirely full, and now I can't delete anything anymore. How do I fix this?

APFS is a copy-on-write filesystem, which means that any modification including deletions require writing new metadata, not just changing existing metadata. The new metadata requires free space. At ...
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Rsync from Mac OS to synology with btrfs having issues with file and directories that contain umlauts and similar characters

I want to copy a folder from my local Mac (Catalina with APFS) to my Synology (btrfs filesystem) on my local network. And all files that have an umlaut in it (ö,ä,ü,....) gets in trouble somehow. ...
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Fake a mount to local folder

Every so often I need to locally debug Groovy scripts that write files to a subfolder in /mnt on the server. Is there a way to fake this mount on my local machine to another folder (in /tmp) so that I ...
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How to mount System Volume using APFS snapshot

I am not able to mount System Volume (root) using APFS. I only see my Data Volume. $ mkdir /tmp/snapshotbackup_root $ mount_apfs -s com.apple.TimeMachine.2019-10-29-174444.local / /tmp/...
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Mac Pro 5,1 firmware update for booting APFS

When High Sierra came out, I opted to not update my filesystem version, out of caution. Now that it’s been out for a while, and my MacBook Pro has had no issues, I’d like to upgrade my MacBook Pro 5,1 ...
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How to find firmlinks

macOS Catalina introduces "firmlinks" to the APFS filesystem. Is there a way via a CLI tool to determine whether /Users is a firmlink and where it is firmlinking to? I'm looking for something similar ...
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How to create a firm link in latest APFS

I'm running the macOS beta for Catalina (10.15) and I'm trying to find out how to create a firm link. (Not a hard link, soft link, alias or anything like that.) The WWDC keynote mentions a new feature ...
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Determining status of cloned file on APFS

Apple is now using APFS across several product lines, including macOS. This new filesystem has some nice features for minimizing how much actual disk space is consumed, such as sparse file support ...
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Can I expand an APFS volume across multiple drives

I have installed a 2nd SSD in a Mac running Mojave. Is it possible to expand the current active volume across the 2nd SSD? I would rather do this and have a single volume instead of moving home ...
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git-p4 and huge file sizes

I am trying to convert a Perforce(p4) repository to git (preferably to Helix4Git, a git server implementation by perforce). I reduce my problem to a simple use-case in order to find the solution for ...
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How to resolve APFS overallocation error from volume "VM" without reformatting disk

I ran Disk Utility's First Aid on my drive's APFS container. One of the volumes, called "VM", gives the following warning: warning: Overallocation Detected on Main device: (26707978+1) bitmap address ...
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Unlock FileVault encrypted drive knowing only user password

I have an external disk which is clone of a MacBook internal disk. I used it as an external boot disk from time to time. Today when I tried to boot from it on a new MacBook it stopped working and I ...
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Healthy APFS volume trapped by broken container

How do I mount a healthy APFS volume belonging to a broken APFS container? The volume has FileVault enabled. All data sits in a external disk. Update The external USB disk was prepared with ...
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APFS encrypted sparsebundle won't fully compact

I have an APFS encrypted sparsebundle saved on my HD. It is not a time machine backup, rather something I created and maintain manually. On occasion I perform an hdiutil compact to reclaim HD space. ...
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Creating a base image for macOS High Sierra with Apple File System (APFS)

I used to be able to create a single dmg file of a Mac disk drive (contains all partitions including recovery partition) and then deploy it to another Mac as per these instructions: https://support....
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best process after drive upgrade (High Sierra APFS with FileVault encryption)

I am running MacOS 10.13.5 with APFS format SSD and FileVault encryption. I need to upgrade the drive from 1/4 TB to 1/2 TB. I want to avoid having to reinstall all my applications and data after re-...
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rEFInd doesn't start Mac OSX

I had rEFInd running fine previously. Then I updated to Mac OSX Mojave beta. After the update, rEFInd was missing. So I just reinstalled it. However, it didn't work. Went back to 10.13.5 fresh ...
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How do I mount a raw APFS filesystem from the commandline on macOS?

Creating a raw image with an APFS filesystem in it is pretty straight-forward: $ hdiutil create -megabytes 1 -layout NONE -fs apfs -volname unicode unicode.dmg created: /Users/daniel/test/apfs/...
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Installer .pkg from terminal fails to APFS volume

Had a .pkg I've been installing from command line to various systems for ages with no problem, recently noticed it's been failing with the following error message: Cannot install on volume /Volumes/...
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How to mount APFS on Linux or Windows?

Is there any way to mount APFS partition read only or read/write on Linux or Windows?
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APFS broke find command

I just upgraded to APFS on an external drive. Now this is happening: find /Volumes/FDDISK | head /Volumes/FDDISK /Volumes/FDDISK/.HFS+ Private Directory Data /dir_2354142ISK/.HFS+ Private Directory ...
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