articles Speed up Time Machine backup

Published → Sunday, March 19, 2017 2:20 PM

By default Time Machine is running in the background, just using enough resources to run and allowing you to use your computer. This is fine most of time – but sometimes we gladly offer more resources so that init or big backup goes faster. You can do this by changing the “do-I-have-to-limit-myself” setting with the terminal like so:

sudo sysctl debug.lowpri_throttle_enabled=0

when the backup is done you can change back to the default:

sudo sysctl debug.lowpri_throttle_enabled=1

A reboot also resets this variable to its default “on” setting