May 7, 2009

How to Speed Up Time Machine's First Backup

Because of Time Machine's incremental backup method, only a small amount of data needs to be sent over your network to backup to a wireless Time Machine. You can connect a disk to your router or Airport, click a few buttons and you'll have a reoccurring wireless backup system. While this generally works out very well, that initial backup to Time Machine has to copy all your files and can take forever! Even if you're connected via ethernet you'll looking at a great deal of transfer time. This little trick will make that first backup incredibly faster.

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