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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
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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 2.0 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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