David - I'm sorry to hear that. It looks like nothing has changed. I believe I have a process that allows me to shrink the VM without destroying the file system. I'll repeat: 1) CLOSE ALL OTHER APPLICATIONS; don't just close the window, shut them ALL down; 2) Reboot the iMac host machine just to be sure; 3) Run one more Time Machine backup; 4) TURN OFF AUTOMATIC TIME MACHINE BACKUPS; 5) Launch PD control center and begin shrinking the VM; 6) WALK AWAY!! Don't do anything. DO NOT plug in your iPhone or iTunes will start! It's best to do all this then go to bed for the night. I have a lot of free space to shrink sometimes. I've seen it take 8-9 HOURS to shrink that much of the VM file. Hopefully it will finish by the next morning. It's a pain but I've had to wipe my file system and do a complete Time Machine restore about 6 times now. It think it's a conflict between PD and all that Mohave "purgeable space".