Disabling Time Machine
We often use a Time Machine backup to migrate data to a new laptop, which is a very simple and easy way of ensuring documents and settings are transferred from the old machine to the new.
Sometimes we forget to disable Time Machine…this causes alerts and notifications since the computer expects it to run regularly. Here's how to disable Time Machine on your computer (remember, this only happens if you have another means of backing up your data!):
Step 1: Open System Preferences and click on the Time Machine pane:
Step 2: Click the padlock in the bottom left corner and authenticate. Then click the “Select Disk” button:
Step 3: In the resulting window, choose the drive listed in the “Backup Disks” section, then click the “Remove Disk” button. The name of the disk can vary, so let us know if you have any questions about how to proceed here.
Step 4: You will be prompted to confirm that you really do want to do this…so go ahead and click the “Stop Using this Disk” button in the dialogue box that appears.
That’s it! Time Machine is now disabled and you will no longer get alerts about Time Machine not backing up.