I got a used macbook pro off of ebay. The previous owner had a recovery image taking up 420G on a separate containers. I am trying to merge the containers, but the system does not like it because the boot container is after the free space so it does not want to merge the containers. This does not work: How can I merge primary APFS partition with other empty APFS partition?.
$ sudo diskutil apfs resizeContainer disk1 0 Password: Started APFS operation Error: -69743: The new size must be different than the existing size
I think this fails because the free container is first on the disk
$ diskutil list /dev/disk0 (internal, physical): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *500.3 GB disk0 1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1 2: Apple_APFS Container disk3 420.0 GB disk0s4 3: Apple_APFS Container disk1 80.1 GB disk0s2 /dev/disk1 (synthesized): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: APFS Container Scheme - +80.1 GB disk1 Physical Store disk0s2 1: APFS Volume Boot 52.5 GB disk1s1 2: APFS Volume Preboot 42.2 MB disk1s2 3: APFS Volume Recovery 510.4 MB disk1s3 4: APFS Volume VM 1.1 GB disk1s4 /dev/disk2 (disk image): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: Apple_partition_scheme +69.2 MB disk2 1: Apple_partition_map 32.3 KB disk2s1 2: Apple_HFS Paragon Hard Disk Ma... 69.2 MB disk2s2 /dev/disk3 (synthesized): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: APFS Container Scheme - +420.0 GB disk3 Physical Store disk0s4 1: APFS Volume test 639.0 KB disk3s1