Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac

Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.7
out of 293 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.5.7
File Size:
10.76MB
Date Added:
September 02, 2014
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $39.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
182,534
Downloads Last Week:
478
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

With its quick performance and extensive features, Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac stands out as a top drive copy or backup program. You'll find its well-thought-out menus and controls easy to use even if you're a new Mac OS X user. Its powerful features won't disappoint you, either.

Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac installs as a free 30-day trial version. After starting, the program walks you through a tutorial presenting its main functions. It also includes a useful Help file in case you need more assistance. To get started, you have to use a drop-down box to select the folder or drive you want to back up or copy, and then select the destination for the copy. The program automatically chooses default settings for the destination, but you can easily customize these, as well. A large window on the left shows the contents of the selected folders, and you can easily remove or add items for the clone by checking or unchecking boxes. You can create the cloned folder/disk immediately, or schedule it for later, a feature good for backups. When we tested the app on a folder with several office suite documents, we were amazed by its speed as the clone completed almost instantly.

Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac lives up to its promise. It can create copies and backups of files and folders without any issues, and quickly. The interface looks good and is easy to use, and the features all work well. This is a well-built app that can help you back up your important files in no time.

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  • All Versions:

    4.7

    out of 293 votes

    • 5 star: 241
    • 4 star: 29
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 12
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  • 5 stars

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

    May 04, 2014   |   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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • 5 stars

    "Continues to be Great"

    July 13, 2013   |   By WGibson6481

    Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.2

    Pros

    I have used CCC for about 10 years (since it was released as part of Ten for X Utilities v2. It continues to be the state of the art, IF you use a Mac, you cannot afford to be without this utility program. And, as it is free, you really cannot afford to be without it.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent product that does what it is supposed to do."

    April 28, 2013   |   By jimmcacoe

    Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.2

    Pros

    Pretty easy to setup, i.e. schedule; works flawlessly, no problems; shows a popup after running the backup that lets you know it completed the backup.

    Cons

    If you want more information on folder sizes, etc., you have to dig a bit deeper than with Super Duper, however I had no mystery popups from Apple about "run or quit scripts" that constantly blocked Super Duper from doing the backups, an apparently rare problem on a Mac, but a frustrating one, so I shut down Super Duper and rely solely on CCC.

    Summary

    I love Carbon Copy Cloner. It is simple to set up and it works every time.

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  • 2 stars

    "Not What I Expected"

    December 28, 2012   |   By MacRonTunesIn

    Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.2

    Pros

    It copies everything and provided a sense of security, although the backup options at first seemed a bit confusing.

    Cons

    I have two port the backup drive could attach to my Macbook Pro. After the first long backup of not only the Macbook drive, but an external drive, which took over a day, I felt I was ready to set it and forget it, using automatic schedules. The second backup did not wake my mac as it was supposed to, so I changed the time. The third backup got an error message that I changed the port the drive was originally plugged into gor backup, therefore it failed. There was only 1 other port I could have used so I gave it the benefit of the doubt and switched ports, even though I know I uwas using the same port. Same error, the port was not the one used fr the original backup, therefore it failed. With only two ports physically capable of plugging in my backup drive, that left me with two options. One, do a complete nearly 2 day backup of my drives, or find another program. I found a another program to supplement Time Macine.

    Summary

    I paid for it, but from what I read, at one time it was free. I would be writing spectacular extatic reviews that were Super Duper, which is my next try at a backup supplement. It started out simple, but then became somewhat confusing when the different types of backups were unveiled.

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  • 5 stars

    "THIS LITERALLY SAVED MY DIGITAL LIFE"

    December 01, 2012   |   By davidanderson1112

    Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.1

    Pros

    Carbon Copy Cloner saved my entire 2TB HDD that fell from my desk. Restored everything. Tried other methods of restoring my HDD, none worked except this! Its Great, and it works for Mountain Lion too! Thanks!

    Cons

    None. Everything works fine.

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