How to use Time Machine to back up your Mac to a Windows shared folder – macOS

The issue that makes Time Machine more difficult in terms of options for backup locations is that it requires use of Apple’s proprietary HFS+ filesystem. Although I’m certain the HFS+ features that Time Machine uses for file versioning and linking could be “mimicked” for use on other more open filesystems, the reality is that Apple chose HFS+ and supports that filesystem exclusively in Time Machine (in fact as of this writing Apple’s new APFS isn’t even supported for Time Machine backups as of yet).

  • Create a Windows share location
  • Make the remote share automatically mount
  • make Time Machine use the remote share and file
  • Check Time Machine

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How to speed up Time Machine so it backs up your data faster – macOS

If you are a constant-on Time Machine user, you won’t even notice when a scheduled backup is taking place. That’s because Time Machine is designed to work quietly and slowly in the background. Most of your regular backups are incremental and therefore don’t need much power. If you only back up your Mac once per week (or longer), Time Machine has a lot more work to do, but still runs quietly and slowly in the background. Using this Terminal command, you will disable the disk operation throttling so Time Machine will run faster.

sudo sysctl debug.lowpri\_throttle_enabled=0

Restore default setup:

sudo sysctl debug.lowpri\_throttle_enabled=1