I wanted to swap my 1TB old iMac HDD to a 1TB SSD but apparently it's not that easy with diskutil under mojave recovery system. From a disk to disk it's impossible since the disc is complaining to not be Apple_HFS so I needed to point to the container partition of the system disk but then the container is complaining that there is not enough space on the destination disk (since it's an ssd I guess that the total size vary a little with an HDD). Problem is that I can't get the system partition to shrink even if there is only 170G occupied.

Should I apply this technique or is the problem somewhere else? Thanks in advance for all the help.

Side question: How can I make a image of a partition of its content and not the whole block size partition ? I read that diskutility is now using a block scheme and not a file-present scheme to backup.

to be completed this is the partition scheme which I can't totally interpretate with certainty, as you can see there is a VM partition don't know why it's there nor did I tried to access it. And I guess that the disk5 is the timemachine backup at that moment. screen_diskutil


I used CCC to clone my internal 1T hd to an external SSD. You need to format the SSD before the clone. The drives do not need to be the same size. The data has to fit.

Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) will copy your startup drive to an external firewire drive. You can boot from the external drive to verify that you have a good clone. When you upgrade your existing startup drive, you can at any time boot from your external drive and go back to your existing system. http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html

Question: what about the EFI partition

Created when you initialize/format the drive. CCC is a partition cloner not a volume cloner.

the others partitions like recovery

There is an option to add this at the end of the clone. If it on the source volume, you will get a prompt. I gather there is a way to clone the recovery partition manually. It did prompt me when I clone my one partition startup drive. https://bombich.com/kb/ccc5/cloning-apples-recovery-hd-partition

or VM ?

I don't see no VM in my distutil list.

Here is the result after I cloned Macintosh HD [ /dev/disk0 ]to Macintosh SSD [ /dev/disk4 ]. I don't know why the two are different nor do I know what will happen when I swap the internal and external drives. I assume it will work. 'cause I heard it will.

mac $ diskutil list
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *1.0 TB     disk0
   1:                        EFI EFI                     209.7 MB   disk0s1
   2:          Apple_CoreStorage                         999.3 GB   disk0s2
   3:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             650.0 MB   disk0s3
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:                  Apple_HFS Macintosh HD           *999.0 GB   disk1
                                 Logical Volume on disk0s2

   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *1.0 TB     disk4
   1:                        EFI EFI                     209.7 MB   disk4s1
   2:                  Apple_HFS Macintosh SSD           999.2 GB   disk4s2
   3:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             784.2 MB   disk4s3

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  • thanks for that but what about the EFI partition or the others partitions like recovery or VM ? CCC does not do that for what I've seen.... didn't try superduper already. And I guess you don't have nay idea why I can't shrink the system partition? – vigilian Mar 5 at 21:15
  • Additional info - CC will clone a bootcamp partition but will not make the new 'fake' MBR, you have to do that separately. Paragon Hard Disk Manager and WinClone can both move bootcamp partitions around without breaking anything. HDM can also resize/move any partition. I've never used SuperDuper, so can't comment. – Tetsujin Mar 6 at 8:06
  • No luck to make the ssd bootable. With ccc or superduper. – vigilian Mar 8 at 2:05
  • check out the bless command. example: Specify the path to boot files folder on your clone volume: sudo bless --folder /Volumes/BackupClone/System/Library/CoreServices --bootefi – historystamp Mar 8 at 4:07
  • got to be an easier way: belightsoft.com/products/resources/… – historystamp Mar 8 at 4:07

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