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Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac

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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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  • All versions:

    4.7 stars

    out of 292 votes

    • 5 star: 240
    • 4 star: 29
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 12
  • Current version:

    4.5 stars

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works really well"

    March 2, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Backup software from all that I tried."

    December 4, 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy. Intuitive. Forget it after setup."

    December 2, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 2.0 stars

    "No support for FAT32 volumes"

    November 3, 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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