Carbon Copy Cloner makes drive backup straightforward and accessible, even if you're uncomfortable with performing this process.
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.
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.
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.
Carbon Copy Cloner backups are better than ordinary backups. Suppose the unthinkable happens while you're under deadline to finish a project - your Mac is unresponsive and all you hear is an ominous, repetitive clicking noise coming from its hard drive. With ordinary backups, you'll spend your day rushing out to a store to buy a new hard drive and then sit in front of your computer reinstalling the operating system and restoring data.
With Carbon Copy Cloner, your data and the operating system's data are all preserved impeccably on a bootable volume, ready for production at a moment's notice. When disaster strikes, simply boot from your backup and get back to business. Replace the failed hard drive at your convenience, and then restore all of your stuff in one easy step.
Any backup application can save your stuff. A CCC bootable backup will save your productivity as well!
Easy to use (deceptively easy).
Versatile and quite powerful.
Help is actually very helpful (what a concept!)
Lots of handy information hidden throughout.
Fast (Time Machine pales by comparison)
$40 (pricey, but worth every cent IMHO)
Charges for major updates, but it's worth it. A guy has to make a living, after all.
Yes, it used to be free, but it's really too good to give away. If you're considering SuperDuper to save ten bucks, don't bother--there's really no comparison.
The de facto backup standard for Mac, bar none.
Deceptively simple to use.
More versatile than any other backup program.
This program copies everything onto another drive, without destroying what's already there. That is, you can even use an existing Time Machine (TM) drive while continuing to use it for TM. You don't need to do an exact drive image copy to make a complete and fully usable duplicate of your drive. It can even make the drive bootable without destroying what's already there, including a recovery partition--just like OS X/macOS.
For anyone who is serious about having a true backup utility which can save your bacon when you need it most. THIS is the program to get. Online reviews don't do it justice; they really don't. People here who give it low ratings don't know what they're talking about. I have over 40 years experience with computers, so I know a good program when I see one. (There is really so much cräp out there, it's hard to trust anyone anymore. But this is the real deal.)
Addressed an issue in which CCC was unable to save passwords to its keychain after migrating the CCC configuration from another Mac.
Fixed an issue in which CCC would periodically report that a task could not complete due to minor filesystem inconsistencies.
Addressed a Sierra-specific issue in which CCC would not recognize a freshly-created recovery volume due to it being named incorrectly by Disk Utility.
Implemented a workaround for cases where CCC's privileged helper tool is installed but disabled by the system.
We've received a couple reports of Sierra systems errantly setting the date forward to 2040, then immediately back to a sane value just a couple seconds later. Previously CCC would reschedule its tasks forward to 2040 in response to the clock change, but then not backwards to a sane time (because time isn't supposed to go backwards, right?). This version of CCC now implements a sanity check to avoid rescheduling tasks that far into the future.
Fixed an issue in which a scheduled task could resurrect itself if the user deleted it while it was running.
Packet corruption that causes the connection to a remote Mac to be terminated is now handled more gracefully. CCC will now automatically restart the backup task.