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Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac

$39.99
Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 297 votes out of 0 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1.4
  • Total Downloads:
    226,483
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 15, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $39.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    12.01MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    459
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Carbon Copy Cloner makes drive backup straightforward and accessible, even if you're uncomfortable with performing this process.

Pros

Excellent tutorial: Carbon Copy Cloner's tutorial completely removes any intimidation you may have from performing this type of operation.

Clean interface: Carbon Copy Cloner is easy to use and navigate.

Smart updates feature: This feature greatly reduces the time and storage space needed to perform a backup. The Smart Updates seamlessly works to only update files that you've actually changed since the last time you backed up your system.

Cons

High cost: The only real drawback to the app is that at $40, it is expensive. There are free tools out there that allow you to back up your system fairly easily.

Bottom Line

Although costly, Carbon Copy Cloner certainly performs its function well. It is easy to use and backs up your system in a fast and efficient manner.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac 4.0.6.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Met the original developer once"

June 19, 2015  |  By keithp2_dotmac

2015-06-19 12:59:47  |  By keithp2_dotmac

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.3

Pros

It was originally free!

Cons

Not any longer free

Summary

Don't waist you money.

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1 stars

"Good software, horrible pricing scheme"

December 29, 2014  |  By pacific_frog

2014-12-29 09:38:42  |  By pacific_frog

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.3

Pros

It works ...

Cons

... But they charge you through the nose. One month after they switched from free-but-please-donate scheme, I went to donate to discover they'd changed to a $40 fee. So, I missed out, fine, I paid my $40. Then, in less than a year, they made it incompatible with Yosemite (you know, the FREE OS upgrade) and are charging another $20 for people who purchased "recently." That's $60 software in one year, and who knows how often they'll charge again in the future. No sympathy from email complaints, either.

Summary

Don't do it. Find other software with a respectable pricing belief system. I'm going to try ChronoSync, myself, they give you a 30 day trial period and free upgrades for life. But no matter what, I will never go back to CCC, even if I have to manually transfer all my files by hand.

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2 stars

"Fly in the ointment"

October 06, 2014  |  By mzulgis

2014-10-06 11:51:04  |  By mzulgis

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.3274

Pros

Great product, works as advertised...

Cons

...unless you upgrade your Mac. Bombich are asking for money to upgrade to the current version just 5 months and 11 days after I bought it.
The version I bought in April 2014 will not run on my laptop so after just 5 months I am being forced into another purchase.

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5 stars

"I like the old version better"

October 01, 2014  |  By hudsonw

2014-10-01 20:12:05  |  By hudsonw

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0

Pros

The new version works perfectly fine. It puts a convenient icon in the menu bar.

Cons

The old version works perfectly fine also. I prefer the old version because I do several concurrent backups and I can see all the progress bars at the same time.

Summary

Unless there is something technically wrong with Ver. 3.5.7, or if Ver. 3.5.7 will not work with Yosemite, I'll use the old version.

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5 stars

"The best backup setup for Mac I've tried so far."

May 04, 2014  |  By Overdinner

2014-05-04 16:04:00  |  By Overdinner

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.4

Pros

This program can clone your source drive, including the OS. If your computer dies hard, you can take your external backup drive and connect it to another Mac with a compatible OS, and in System Preferences, Startup Disk, select and confirm your external drive as the boot drive, hit restart, and presto! You are up and running! Everything is there! A total disaster to up and running in just minutes! What other backup setup does that? On older PPC Macs, you also have this ability with a Firewire drive external setup (a USB port connection won't boot on PPC). On Intel Macs, USB will work. In addition, you have a lot of options on how to set it up, daily, weekly, monthly. It will remind you if your drive is turned off. Just turn on your drive when the reminder window appears, and it takes care of the rest. You can even select to have CCC automatically unmount your backup drive when the backup is complete. No more need to run your backup drive 24/7.

Cons

Let me know if you find any significant cons, because I can't really think of any. It's on every Mac I own now, all the way back to my PPC machines. The author is dedicated and responsive, and has regularly updated and improved this software.

Summary

If you want a setup that puts you back where you were faster than anything else out there, this is it. The ability of being able to boot on your CCC backup is just phenomenal. Note that Time Machine does not clone your OS like CCC does. You can't boot on a Time Machine backup.

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5 stars

"Carbon Copy Cloner is invaluable when you need it."

February 22, 2014  |  By snackwog

2014-02-22 18:22:08  |  By snackwog

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.4

Pros

Simple and clean. Absolutely perfect for migrating/upgrading disk drives. Also a great way to do back up work. Support is excellent. I had a specific question for them and they were exceptionally responsive and helpful.

Cons

None come to mind.

Summary

I have not needed to use Carbon Copy Cloner often. But when I did, it was a very useful and valuable piece of software. Bottom line, it saves me time. And to me, not much is more valuable than my time.

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4 stars

"Performs as advertised"

December 07, 2013  |  By dbohlsen

2013-12-07 01:52:53  |  By dbohlsen

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.4

Pros

Works well

Cons

None to mention

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5 stars

"Works very well. Well worth the price"

December 04, 2013  |  By pierre godin

2013-12-04 17:58:32  |  By pierre godin

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.4

Pros

CCCloner is a great product. I recommend a disk repair software be used to defrag and clear the volume after copying.

Cons

The CNET web site is very confusing with all the Downoload Now tabs which are not related to the product you are trying to download.

Summary

CNET should remove all the Free Download now tabs as they are all spam.
Also, Cnet should recognize all keyboards, not just Standard English which is a very limited unit.

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5 stars

"Best cloning software for mac :)"

November 09, 2013  |  By dudemanla

2013-11-09 00:13:06  |  By dudemanla

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.3

Pros

Really an awesome backup app. Their email support is stelar too. I highly recommend this.

Cons

none that I can think of.

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5 stars

"Carbon Copy Cloner: superb solution for what you need"

August 17, 2013  |  By resedaruss

2013-08-17 13:29:35  |  By resedaruss

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.2

Pros

First, one needs to decide what one wants from a 3rd-party backup application. In my opinion, we just need one that makes clones of the source-disk. Archival backups are handled perfectly by Apple's built-in Time Machine.

But, you can't boot from a Time-Machine backup. That's why you want a clone. The best backup solution is both a Time-Machine backup and a clone backup--both running on a schedule in order to catch all permutations of the source disks contents.

CCC is 1) fast (taking 90 minutes to backup 250 GB onto an erased USB 2 drive), 2) runs unobtrusively in the background without causing issues with any other users of my Mac that may be logging on and off during the backup, and 3) takes about 5 minutes to perform incremental backups during scheduled runs.

After a 15-year quest for an issue-free backup application (of which many of my previous candidates cost me plenty), I now have an elegant solution for only $40--Carbon Copy Cloner.

Cons

I don't know of any serious cons. Some users may be put off by a scheduler that one has to be moderately creative to make work, say, every hour on the hour, but most people will figure out the obvious way that that can be accomplished. I wrote the company about this and they replied back that they are doing a rewrite of the scheduler that will make it more simple and friendly.

If nothing else, that in itself is evidence that the company cares about this product and is dedicated to making it the best product they can.

Summary

I can't imagine needing more than Carbon Copy Cloner and Time Machine archival backups. Both make a complete backup solution.

One could rotate through backup disks, and keep some of them off-site for a truly business-oriented approach for keeping data that can't be lost, but home users would neither put up with the expense nor the rigor of multiple off-site backups.

Having a CCC clone and Time Machine archive handles everything I'm going to worry about. I might lose data based on a disaster of some kind that destroys my home office. But I'll deal with that contingency later, if and when it becomes necessary.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.1.4
  • This update is qualified on OS X El Capitan.
  • Fixed an issue that would lead CCC to report that its private keychain is not writable when the keychain had not yet been created.
  • CCC will no longer allow running another task as a postflight task if the secondary task is disabled.
  • SMTP usernames that contain special characters (e.g. "%") are now accommodated.
  • The user agent is no longer re-launched after changing the Show CCC icon in menubar preference. Especially on OS X 10.11, application launch time can be slow and this delay could lead to scenarios in which the preference became out of sync (e.g. if the user were to change that setting very rapidly).
  • Addressed a regression in which CCC occasionally could not skip past unreadable files.
  • Updated the procedure used to clone the Recovery HD volume to avoid an error at the end of the task that was specific to El Capitan.
  • Fixed a UI anomally in which the task name field was difficult to edit when another task was running.
  • Fixed an issue in which some UI elements in the Scheduler popover appeared to be disabled (but were not) on Yosemite and El Capitan.
  • Fixed an issue in which the "Submit Logs" button in CCC's Help window was inaccessible in non-English localizations.
  • Fixed a time zone adjustment issue for cases where a task was created in one time zone but then initially scheduled in another time zone.
  • When CCC encounters multiple volumes with the same unique identifier, it now presents the names of those volumes when reporting the problem. This should make it easier to resolve this esoteric issue.
  • When disabling the SafetyNet, CCC now asks the user if he would like to delete the SafetyNet folder on the destination. This will help avoid some cases of the task failing due to the destination being full.
  • Fixed an issue specific to El Capitan in which debug output spewed by Apple's hdiutil utility would be interpreted as errors and cause a disk image creation or mount task to fail.
  • Added custom VoiceOver descriptions for the task status images in the Task History window.
  • Added a global exclude for the special hidden .Transporter Library folder. This proprietary device from Connected Data was causing backup tasks to stall due to a bug in the OSXFUSE code that supports that device.
  • Fixed an issue in which the reminder timer associated with an "On Reconnect" task wasn't getting removed when the task was switched to ad hoc.
  • Added a workaround for fuse4x filesystems that don't advertise support for files larger than 4GB.
General
Publisher Bombich Software
Publisher web site http://www.bombich.com
Release Date September 15, 2015
Date Added September 15, 2015
Version 4.1.4
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 12.01MB
File Name ccc-4.1.4.4188.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 226,483
Downloads Last Week 459
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $39.99

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