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To use Time Machine to make a backup of your Mac, you need one of these types of storage devices:
Select the first one, which reads From a Mac, Time Machine backup, or startup disk and click Continue. In the next screen choose the drive that holds your backup and then click Continue. External drive connected to your Mac. Time Machine can back up to an external drive connected to.
- External drive connected to an AirPort Extreme Base Station (802.11ac) or AirPort Time Capsule
External drive connected to your Mac
Time Machine can back up to an external drive connected to a USB, Thunderbolt, or FireWire port on your Mac. If the disk isn't using the correct format, Time Machine will prompt you to erase it.
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Network-attached storage (NAS) device that supports Time Machine over SMB
Many third-party NAS devices support Time Machine over SMB. For details, check the documentation for your NAS device.
Mac shared as a Time Machine backup destination
To use another Mac on your network as a Time Machine backup destination, complete these steps on the other Mac:
- Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Sharing.
- From the list of services on the left, select File Sharing.
- From the Shared Folders list on the right, click the add button (+), then choose a folder to use for Time Machine backups.
- Control-click the folder that you added, then choose Advanced Options from the shortcuts menu that appears.
- From the Advanced Options dialog, select “Share as a Time Machine backup destination.”
When setting up Time Machine on your other Mac computers, you should now be able to select the shared folder as a backup disk.
External drive connected to an AirPort Extreme Base Station (802.11ac) or AirPort Time Capsule
Time Machine can back up to an external USB drive connected to an AirPort Extreme Base Station (802.11ac model) or AirPort Time Capsule.
- Connect the drive directly to your Mac, then use Disk Utility to erase it.
- Connect the drive to a USB port on your AirPort base station, then turn it on.
- Open AirPort Utility, then select your base station and click Edit to view its settings.
- Click the Disks tab in the settings window.
- Select your backup disk from the list of partitions, then select “Enable file sharing”:
- If more than one user on your network will back up to this disk with Time Machine, you can use the Secure Shared Disks pop-up menu to make sure that they can view only their own backups, not yours. Choose “With accounts” from the menu, then click the add button (+) to add users.
- Click Update to restart your base station and apply the settings.
AirPort Time Capsule
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Time Machine can back up to the built-in hard disk of an AirPort Time Capsule on your network.
- Time Machine can't back up to a disk formatted for Windows, or to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Time Machine regularly creates backup of your Mac in the background at an efficient rate. But if you have not used it for long, like a month, this process may take a lot of time. Now, thanks to a hack found by a Reddit user, you can speed up Time Machine backup on Mac using a Terminal command.
Before we move ahead, let me tell you that this is an advance level trick that shouldn’t be used regularly. The Terminal command will prioritize the backup process by allocating higher CPU and RAM to it. For the time period, this may make your Mac very slow and almost unusable. This is because there won’t be any resources left to allocate to other tasks. So proceed wisely. Let’s move on with the process;
How to Speed up Time Machine Backup on Mac using Terminal Command
- Click on Finder → Application → Utilities → Terminal. You may also use Spotlight Search or Launchpad.
- In the Terminal type or copy & paste this command and press the enter key:
sudo sysctl debug.lowpri_throttle_enabled=0
- Enter your Mac system password and press the enter key. Note that when you type the password in Terminal, nothing is visible.
Done! You will notice that the time remaining for the backup process to complete has reduced significantly.
As mentioned above, your other tasks will become slower. Thus make sure you roll back the changes to its original values once the backup completes.
How to Revert Time Machine Backup to Normal Speed
- In the Terminal type or copy & paste this command and hit the enter key:
sudo sysctl debug.lowpri_throttle_enabled=1
- Now, your Time Machine will create backup at normal speed. Also, you will not see any (or much) throttling or choppy experience when you are doing other tasks on your Mac
As said earlier, it’s not a trick to mess with all the time. So better use it when you are in a hurry to complete the backup.
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