I'm wondering if it would be possible in Mojave to move the Users and Applications folders to separate HFS+ partitions without breakage? E.g. doing this or something similar:
- Symlinking an app folder on a HFS+ volume directly to
/Applicationsor to a subfolder of it
- Symlinking a Users folder on a HFS+ volume directly to
- ...or just specify users' folders individually in system settings, pointing to a HFS+ volume
The goal is to minimize the surface area of APFS, which has proven to be too unreliable for me after I was forced to do two complete reinstalls of the OS in one week when APFS got corrupted -- twice -- and did not repair itself.
Reinstalling the OS is relatively quick compared to restoring from a time machine backup and redownloading lots of large apps, so I thought that if I could isolate most of my data onto HFS+ I would save time if for some reason I decide to upgrade from High Sierra to Mojave again. The next time APFS decides to make the entire volume inaccessible and the OS unbootable I would then only have to reinstall Mojave and link in the existing directories.
- Can I move Applications to another partition?
- How to make the Users Directory a different partition in Snow Leopard?
Why is this question not a duplicate? This deals with Mojave, which is known to be unnecessarily picky about file systems.