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Editors' Review

Carbon Copy Cloner makes drive backup straightforward and accessible, even if you're uncomfortable with performing this process.


Excellent tutorial: Carbon Copy Cloner's tutorial completely removes any intimidation you may have from performing this type of operation.

Clean interface: Carbon Copy Cloner is easy to use and navigate.

Smart updates feature: This feature greatly reduces the time and storage space needed to perform a backup. The Smart Updates seamlessly works to only update files that you've actually changed since the last time you backed up your system.


High cost: The only real drawback to the app is that at $40, it is expensive. There are free tools out there that allow you to back up your system fairly easily.

Bottom Line

Although costly, Carbon Copy Cloner certainly performs its function well. It is easy to use and backs up your system in a fast and efficient manner.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac 4.0.6.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version

  • Improved the handling of Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive File Stream and Dropbox placeholder files. Please note that if you're using any of these services, files that are marked as "online only" cannot be backed up.
  • When showing the sidebar, the left side of the window will no longer get place under the Dock if the user has the Dock placed on the left side of the screen.
  • Updated the default snapshot retention policy that gets applied to the startup disk. The default settings are now more conservative, so fewer snapshots will be retained on the startup disk. Note that you must apply the new default settings if snapshots are already enabled for your startup disk.
  • When deleting the last task, the new task that's created to replace it is now named "CCC Backup Task" (rather than "Untitled") and it is no longer marked "edited" by default.
  • Final Cut Pro "fcpbundle" files are now treated as ordinary folders in the Task Filter window, allowing the user to exclude items within these bundles files from the backup task.
  • Addressed an edge case scenario where the permissions of the root folder of the destination could be set to values that prevent the logged-in user from accessing that volume.


Publisher Bombich Software
Publisher web site
Release Date October 15, 2018
Date Added October 15, 2018


Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks

Download Information

File Size 16.3MB
File Name


Total Downloads 271,884
Downloads Last Week 189


License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $39.99
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