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Old 11-30-2019, 11:17 AM   #1
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Want to extend APFS volume to use entire 1TB drive space.

Macbook Pro early 2011, High Sierra 10.13.6, 750GB Toshiba HDD, HFS+, 8GB RAM.

User having extreme slowness issues. TechTool Pro reported imminent failure via SMART.

Removed internal Toshiba HDD, connected Toshiba and a new 1TB WD SSD to a Windows 10 machine using SATA III cabling.

Ran OSForensics to clone the Toshiba to the higher capacity WD.

Installed the 1TB WD SSD in the Macbook. Booted successfully.

From recovery mode or external boot drive tried Disk Utility/iPartition/Paragon HDM/Stellar to resize the partition. All attempts failed for various reasons.

Read that with SSD and High Sierra need to convert from HFS+ to APFS, so successfully made the change without data loss.

Now unable to even view the additional 250GB of unallocated space in DU. No other apps so far are compatible with APFS.

Should I do a Time Machine, reformat the SSD, then restore? User has about 500 gigabytes of data. Will TM back up all apps as well as files? How fast is TM from internal drive to external USB2 speed?

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Old 11-30-2019, 12:51 PM   #2
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Will Clonezilla work?
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I have learned some more. Apparently, the GUID partition table (GPT) needs to be manually edited after performing the clone.

Here is a reference, for someone using Clonezilla--

https://sourceforge.net/p/clonezilla/discussion/Clonezilla_live/thread/df44e933/
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Old 12-01-2019, 10:33 AM   #4
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Tried TechTool Pro 11 Volume Rebuild. Wants to format the drive first though ???

So much for repairing the partition, like can easily be done with other file systems.

Alright, have started a Time Machine backup. Next, will format he 1TB SSD as APFS. Then restore from the TM image.

Total time altogether now will probably be on the order of thirty hours, including disassembly, reassembly, acquiring parts, performing cloning/Time Machine/restore.

Does not consider the time spent researching, posting, downloads of files like the 5+ GB High Sierra installer, trying various OSX partition utils.

Did I mention cloning to a new drive is really fast and easy with Windows systems?

Thanks to all who gave this a view.
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Carbon Copy Pro is fast and easy and does not require editing any of the partitions. It's free to download and try.
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Thanks spunk.funk.

I now realize all I had to do was attach the new SSD to the Macbook via USB, clone the failing drive to the SSD using Disk Utility.

Had tried to avoid USB for speed reasons, but now I am going to spend a lot more time to essentially reach the same result.
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Alright all done.

Downloaded the full 5+ GB High Sierra installer.

Created bootable USB flash drive using 'createinstallmedia' command in Terminal.

Ran Time Machine.

Performed secure erase of 1TB SSD (contact me for details).

Booted to the USB drive then ran Disk Utility to format SSD as APFS.

Restore TM to the SSD.

Would not boot, so then rebooted from USB drive and re-installed High Sierra 10.13.6. Was able to boot from the internal SSD.

Tested presence of recovery partition by successfully booting to recovery mode.

Thanks for reading this thread.
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You could have also did a backup to Time Machine to a USB HDD.
Then boot from the USB installer Flash drive, chose Disk Utilities in the installer and went to the Erase tab and Formatted the SSD Mac OS (journaled) no secure erase required.
Then install High Sierra, at the end of the install, it asks if you have a backup you want to restore? Plug in your Backup HDD and lead Time Machine to your backup file. No Clone required.
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