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time machine – Why do fsck_apfs and tmutil report a distinct variety of snapshots?


That is extra of a meta-commentary than a solution, however as proprietor of many aged Mac Execs, I really feel the OP must be conscious.

Do you’ve gotten a really present ‘actual’ TM backup? In that case, I’d simply skinny the snapshots, laborious.

tmutil thinlocalsnapshots / 1000000000000 1

or clear the whole thing

for d in $(tmutil listlocalsnapshotdates | grep "-"); do sudo tmutil deletelocalsnapshots $d; executed

Mojave on APFS & Time Machine on HFS+ are usually not the very best of mates.
It is an intermediate kind, higher in current OSes however very unready for the swap to APFS on the time. It’s going to, in fact, by no means be mounted, so you may simply should get together with it the very best you may… however do not belief it.

Preserve Carbon Copy Cloner clones of your boot drive periodically & use Time Machine as an “Oops, I wanted that file” not a complete recall of your OS in case of catastrophe.
See The quantity is the unsuitable format for a backup. Why? for a story of woe that to today is nonetheless not dependable.

They’re typically not even dependable for Migration – higher to do Mac > Mac over Ethernet.
See: Migration Assistant fail

DiskWarrior can repair HFS+ Time Machine drives higher than the rest, ever – however it may well’t cope with APFS in any respect.

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