Is it possible to disable the Time Machine function and use the internal hard drive as a shared file server instead? Streaming media is not necessary

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    Yes, you can disable Time Machine functionality on your Mac very easily. The internal drive simply shows up in the Finder as a shared network drive. Therefore, you can use it as a "file server" - I even did stream media from there for a while, but it can lag a little at times, so I wouldn't recommend that.

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