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Faster Time Machine backups 

Posted in Tips & Tricks on September 3rd, 2016
Faster Time Machine backups  - Michael Campanella Photography

Time Machine is one of the best features of MacOS and one that I recommend every Mac user put to use. However it can at times be a little slow. Especially when completing large back ups.

Why so slow?

This is partially by design. Apple has set up Time Machine to be very low priority and not take away resources from the system. This is because they want it to run the background and not affect your computer’s performance as you complete other tasks.

But what if you are in a little bit of a hurry and want Time Machine to work a little faster?

Well if you open the Terminal app and enter in the following code it will make Time Machine use more of the computer’s resources and work faster:

sudo sysctl debug.lowpri_throttle_enabled=0

This code is not permanent and rebooting the system will bring Time Machine back to it’s normal state where it uses less resources. But you can also bring Time Machine back to it’s normal state without rebooting by using the following code:

sudo sysctl debug.lowpri_throttle_enabled=1

That’s it for today, hope you found this useful.

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