Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac

Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 295 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.3
  • Total Downloads:
    191,210
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 23, 2009
  • Price:
    Free to try; $10.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    11.1MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    856
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Carbon Copy Cloner is a simple, donation-ware utility for cloning entire drives, performing incremental backups, and scheduling ongoing backups. This app has a long track record as one of the most useful and reliable disk utilities available, and its interface and features (especially for scheduling) have only gotten better. Its also kept up with the Mac OS, adding support for HFS+ filesystem compression. Other recent updates have integrated support and documentation into the app better, speeded up recovery of files from damaged volumes, and ensured that Carbon Copy Cloner excludes the Time Machine database.

Carbon Copy Cloner makes it very easy to quickly clone a hard drive (i.e., duplicate every single file on the drive, even at the block level), or you can indicate which files and folders should be copied--and you can also direct it to only copy files that have changed since the last backup. Carbon Copy Cloner can help you schedule regular backups, too, according to any schedule you set, and it can also work with iPods and remote Macs. Carbon Copy Cloner may have a fairly narrow feature set (for example, you can't back up directly to optical disks), but it provides a lot of well-executed functionality at a low price.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.5

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star 6
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    4.6

    out of 295 votes

    • 5 star 242
    • 4 star 29
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 12
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5 stars

"Works really well"

March 02, 2010  |  By Monkles

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.3

Pros

I'm using it to automatlically backup to an external drive everytime I plug the drive in. It's fast anvery easy to use.

Cons

None that I can think of!

Summary

It works. Use it. Make a donation if you really like it.

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5 stars

"Makes/updates bootable clone to restore your hard drive"

December 29, 2009  |  By Zeke Canidae

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.3

Pros

This does exactly what everyone needs: a way to do a bootable clone restore of your internal hard drive (or restore to a replacement internal drive) if your hard drive ever fails by using CCC3 with an external USB drive.

Cons

None that I know of.

Summary

Easy to understand. Easy to use. Free but donations accepted. This is the best way to insure you will always be able to restore your programs/data/os if your hard drive ever fails. It doesn't get any easier or more flexible or more reliable or in any way better than this.

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5 stars

"Best Backup software from all that I tried."

December 04, 2009  |  By Philip Manos

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.3

Pros

It offers partial or total backup.

Cons

too many commercials (but one does not have to keep watching)

Summary

I tried several backup products. I congratulate Mike Bombich for having given us the fastest, cheaper and more versaatile.

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5 stars

"Easy. Intuitive. Forget it after setup."

December 02, 2009  |  By minoradjustment

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.3

Pros

Solved my job file backup problem after external hard disk crash.

Cons

Don't have any problems with CCC.

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5 stars

"A very useful and trouble-free back-up utility"

November 26, 2009  |  By rpkphoto

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.3

Pros

Easy to use; just set up your source and target disks, specify the items to be copied (if not the entire disk), and press the Clone button.

Cons

I can't think of anything negative.

Summary

After lots of trouble trying to get Time Machine to work, Carbon Copy Cloner is a very welcome back-up solution.

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2 stars

"No support for FAT32 volumes"

November 03, 2009  |  By Cheese McBeese

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.3

Pros

Very effective and easy to use with Mac OS and files.
Set-up is very simple and intuitive.
Scheduling is a breeze.

Cons

No support for FAT32/64 disk volumes.

Summary

This application is at least a 4 star app if you only care about the Mac universe, but it's at best a 1 or 2 star app if you have a need to share files with Windows PCs. Many of us need FAT32/64 disk volumes so that files can be easily shared with Windows PCs or with Bootcamp partitions on our Macs. Carbon Copy Cloner will not back up these volumes, which is a major fail because it means you need another separate backup application. In my case, I will keep looking for one backup application that does it all so my time with Carbon Copy Cloner will likely be limited.

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4 stars

"Simple, effective, just what I needed!"

October 27, 2009  |  By sprofetajr

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.3

Pros

Easy to use; simple directions; reliable; faster backup than other tools I've used.

Cons

None; delivers as promised.

Summary

Delivers a simple backup (bootable and incremental) for any size drive; simple scheduling. Just easy to use; and seems to be limited by hardware speed rather than being tied up by the software.

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5 stars

"Does just what it promises without any fuss."

October 10, 2009  |  By photocrawf

 |  Version: Carbon Copy Cloner 3.3

Pros

copies my hard drive unobtrusively in the background as scheduled. What more could I ask?

Cons

none that I can think of.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.3
  • Added support for HFS+ filesystem compression that was introduced in Snow Leopard.
  • To correspond with how the Finder and Disk Utility report these values on Snow Leopard, CCC will now use base 10 for reporting MB and GB on Snow Leopard. CCC will continue to use base 2 to report these values when booted from Leopard or Tiger.
  • Improved the performance of backing up a large number of files with extended attributes.
  • It is no longer a requirement that CCC be installed on media that supports the setuid bit.
  • Added a bootability notification that will notify users when a target volume's underlying disk is partitioned with the MBR partitioning scheme (rather than the Apple-recommended GUID or APM partition scheme).
  • Increased the increment value of the disk image segment size stepper from 1 to 25. Now it takes mere seconds to get from 650MB to 4.6GB.
  • Addressed an issue in which the source and target menus would not be properly updated if a disk disappears unexpectedly in the middle of a backup task.
  • CCC now properly excludes the Time Machine database when backing up a hard drive using the "Backup everything" cloning method in file-level mode.
  • Much like the Snow Leopard update, this release includes hundreds of tweaks and adjustments to improve performance and reliability.
General
Publisher Bombich Software
Publisher web site http://www.bombich.com
Release Date September 23, 2009
Date Added September 23, 2009
Version 3.3
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 11.1MB
File Name ccc-4.0.3.3835.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 191,210
Downloads Last Week 856
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $10

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