Problems converting HFS volume to APFS

applCore

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May 3, 2011
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I have a volume that I keep my home on as well as used it for a system backup. I no longer need to have a system backup on this volume and only need my /Users folder...

So I thought I'd just go ahead and convert it today, but I got the following error:
Error: -69546: Conversion to APFS of a macOS system volume is only allowed in the OS Installer Environment

So my question is, what's the proper process to make the conversion tools no longer gripe about this? Do I simply rm all the other folders, etc. and then will the conversion tools understand that they can move forward with conversion to APFS or do I need to change the volumes around somehow on the drive?
 

oatman13

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Feb 14, 2013
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I have a volume that I keep my home on as well as used it for a system backup. I no longer need to have a system backup on this volume and only need my /Users folder...

So I thought I'd just go ahead and convert it today, but I got the following error:
Error: -69546: Conversion to APFS of a macOS system volume is only allowed in the OS Installer Environment

So my question is, what's the proper process to make the conversion tools no longer gripe about this? Do I simply rm all the other folders, etc. and then will the conversion tools understand that they can move forward with conversion to APFS or do I need to change the volumes around somehow on the drive?
Delete: The System folder on the root of that volume. You're welcome.
 

applCore

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May 3, 2011
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So I let that proceed, but now it's been hung on "Updating xx,xxxx symlinks" for hours. Not seeing a way to get past this.

I'm wondering if there is a verbosity control somewhere to find out the true status of a file system conversion? I'm not seeing anything right now that ups the verbosity...
 
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