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No, what you describe is not at all workable by my definition. I think you can go all in with APFS and use an attached external HDD and Time Machine to limit your performance impact. If at such time you eventually have a slow system, you can reset that fragmentation by an erase install. This assumes no utility will get upgraded to help you with optimization, ...


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Note: This answer assumes the reader does not have a Fusion drive. When selecting the Erase button on the top of the Disk Utility window, you should see a popup window similar to the one shown below. If instead you see a popup window is similar to the one shown below, then you are not erasing the entire drive. If the drive is not visible on the left side ...


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For me, I had to first turn off System Integrity Protection which comes with Catalina onwards by rebooting using Command+R and executing this command from the terminal: $ csrutil disable Then I rebooted and was able to delete this folder, which in my case was taking up to 700+ GB of disk space: /System/Volumes/Data/Previous Content At this point, I was ...


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Time Machine in Catalina only supports HFS+ as a destination volume. The first macOS that supports APFS as a destination volume is Big Sur. ref: https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/types-of-disks-you-can-use-with-time-machine-mh15139/10.15/mac/10.15 vs: https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/types-of-disks-you-can-use-with-time-machine-mh15139/11.0/...


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While, in general, APFS is better suited for SSD disks and HFS+ (macOS Extended) is better suited for rotational media due to their respective statistical access patterns and ensuing consequences for seek time and flash wear, either format could in principle be used for backup purposes if Time Machine has enabled support for it in a given macOS release. In ...


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Fixed! Just as it came, it went. There is Paragon NTFS/Disk Utility background to this issue mentioned in a comment above, that might come into play here. What little I did was figure out there were still Paragon NTFS files in the computer. This is well documented online, the command below should point you to the locations. sudo rm -rf "/Library/...


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