How to Work with and Restore APFS Snapshots

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Regular Mac users don’t need to mess around with APFS snapshots, but if you’re a power user, Rich Trouton’s instructions for creating, managing, and using APFS snapshots could be invaluable.

Adam, thanks very much for this pointer. My elderly MacBook crashed yesterday and the internal SSD became corrupt. Disk Utility’s First Aid repeatedly hung the entire system while examining one of the snapshots (requiring a power-off reboot each time), and running DU from the recovery partition didn’t help. I deleted the snapshots using tmutil and DU was then able to effect some minor repairs.

Nothing read and learned is entirely in vain!


Excellent! That’s exactly the kind of situation I was hoping would benefit from sharing Rich’s article.