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Question: how do i do back ups fast

I have to back up a macbook pro before upgrading. It hasn't been used regularly or backed up in over a year.

I've started to back up to my Airport Time Machine (357 GB) over wifi. Expected time is 17 days!! How can I shorten this time?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5)

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OK thank you. I did read the article and attempted to do as it instructed however there was another question asked after entering my password (Can’t remember exactly what it was .... something to do with -w??) Anyway I did what it also suggests, a restart and things started to move more quickly! Also did a update on the Airport TIme Capsule🙄. It’s now telling me that it’ll be completed in 5 hours!!!!

Thank you for your time and help. Much appreciated!

Merry Christmas

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Dec 15, 2017 2:34 PM in response to lanifrombrisbane In response to lanifrombrisbane

One quick way is to connect an ethernet cable, and edit the network Order to make Ethernet the Topmost interface in the network pane. Be sure all 8 conductors are present in the cable.


Once you do that, you can raise the priority of the Time Machine backup task, and it will take over your Mac completely, but finish sooner. Doing a restart will remove the temporary priority change, so everything will return to "as intended".

Dec 15, 2017 2:34 PM

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Dec 15, 2017 3:02 PM in response to Grant Bennet-Alder In response to Grant Bennet-Alder

This article describes how to eliminate the lock on priority of all low-priority tasks.

Doing a Restart when complete clears the wonky setting.


http://osxdaily.com/2016/04/17/speed-up-time-machine-by-removing-low-process-pri ority-throttling/

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Dec 15, 2017 3:02 PM

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Dec 15, 2017 8:26 PM in response to Grant Bennet-Alder In response to Grant Bennet-Alder

Hi Grant and thank you for your reply.


I have connnected the ethernet cable and it is the topmost interface in the network pane. Please excuse my ignorance but how do I raise the priority of the Time Machine backup task?

Dec 15, 2017 8:26 PM

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Dec 15, 2017 9:25 PM in response to lanifrombrisbane In response to lanifrombrisbane

On the forums, that is posted directly above your latest query.


It is quite complex to raise the priority of JUST Time Machine, but the simple procedure in the article, with ONE Terminal command you can cut-and-paste will raise all low priority tasks, which does almost the same thing.

Dec 15, 2017 9:25 PM

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Dec 15, 2017 11:57 PM in response to Grant Bennet-Alder In response to Grant Bennet-Alder

OK thank you. I did read the article and attempted to do as it instructed however there was another question asked after entering my password (Can’t remember exactly what it was .... something to do with -w??) Anyway I did what it also suggests, a restart and things started to move more quickly! Also did a update on the Airport TIme Capsule🙄. It’s now telling me that it’ll be completed in 5 hours!!!!

Thank you for your time and help. Much appreciated!

Merry Christmas

Dec 15, 2017 11:57 PM

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