The macOS operating system has an excellent Time Machine backup mechanism. Unfortunately, backup storage requires a lot of disk space. On a Mac with small drives, you have to connect external drives, use network storage or clouds.
There is a convenient way to store backups of one Mac on another. This will be useful, for example, when at home there is a stationary iMac, Mac mini or Mac Pro with a large disk. On it, you can deploy network storage for Time Machine and save copies from other Apple computers.
How to set up a Mac on which backups will be stored
- Go to System Preferences – Sharingand activate the File Sharing option .
- In the Shared Folderssection , add a new folder and specify a location for storing backups on Mac.
- Highlight the new shared folder and click the Optionsbutton .
- Activate the Share files and folders using AFPoption .
- Close the options window and select Advanced Optionsin the context menu of the created folder .
- Check the option Use as a folder for Time Machine backup.
Here you can set a limit on the amount of information stored.
Now this folder can act as a network storage for backups of other Macs.
How to set up network backup
- On another Mac, copies of which will be transmitted over the network, go to the Time Machine settings.
- Turn on the backup system and click the Select backup diskbutton .
- In the list of available network storages you will see a “shared” folder.
- Wespecify it for storage of backups.