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An APFS volume can be a viable alternative to the partition be. Because where a partition occupies a fixed storage space, an APFS volume is flexible and only gets the space that it really needs. Only operating systems compatible with the file system such as macOS Catalina, Mojave and High Sierra can be installed on it. That can be useful for example 32-bit apps on macOS Catalina to execute. But there are a few things you have to consider if you want to delete the APFS volume. Here you will find everything you have to look out for!
If you are about to delete a virtual hard drive with the Apple File System in the hard drive utility on your Apple Mac, you should keep one thing in mind: All files, apps and settings stored on the volume will be lost. With the removal of the alternative partitions, all data is lost that was not previously moved to the main OS, to a USB stick, to the cloud, to an external hard drive or elsewhere. So backs up all documents, projects, folders, files, emails, libraries and so on beforehand. Only then should you carry out the steps shown in the instructions below;)
To delete an APFS volume, you simply open the disk utility from the directory Macintosh HD -> Program -> Utilities or using the Spotlight search. In the overview on the left, select the virtual hard disk that you previously used to install a second operating system or a beta version to be tested. Then click on the "-" (minus symbol) above "Volume". A dialog box appears with the question Delete APFS volume "NAME"? There you click on Delete, and the space on the hard drive is freed up again.
Here are the brief instructions for deleting an APFS volume again:
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