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:
3.3.4
File Size:
10.76MB
Date Added:
September 08, 2010
Price:
Free to try; $10.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Total Downloads:
181,157
Downloads Last Week:
400
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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 User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.7

    out of 293 votes

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

    4.8

    out of 8 votes

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