Problems converting HFS volume to APFS

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by applCore, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. applCore macrumors regular

    applCore

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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?
     
  2. oatman13 macrumors regular

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    Delete: The System folder on the root of that volume. You're welcome.
     
  3. applCore thread starter macrumors regular

    applCore

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  4. applCore, Aug 16, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2017

    applCore thread starter macrumors regular

    applCore

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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...
     
  5. jhend1 macrumors newbie

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    Just rename it instead.
     
  6. haralds macrumors 6502a

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    You can also do conversions of partitions with systems from the Recovery partition.
     

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