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Carbon Copy Cloner backups are better than ordinary backups. Suppose the unthinkable happens while you're under deadline to finish a project: your Mac is unresponsive and all you hear is an ominous, repetitive clicking noise coming from its hard drive. With ordinary backups, you'd spend your day rushing out to a store to buy a new hard drive and then sit in front of your computer reinstalling the operating system and restoring data.

With Carbon Copy Cloner, your data and the operating system's data are all preserved on a bootable volume, ready for production at a moment's notice. When disaster strikes, simply boot more...

What's New

Version 3.5.5:


  • CCC is now much more proactive about dealing with malfunctioning hardware. If a defective hard drive is causing the backup task to hang or to spew thousands of errors, CCC will generally abort the backup task within five minutes of the hang, collect extensive diagnostics information, then offer some hardware troubleshooting suggestions.
  • CCC will more...


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Version 3.5.2
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RavenNevermore Member IconReview+1319

"Addressed an issue in which the CCC application update process may appear to hang."

Kind of ironic! Since I tried to update from within the app and it stayed in the updating loop over night!

Great program though. I use this instead of Time Machine to both backup my iTunes library to one external hard drive, add then back my hard drive to another external drive.

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Version 3.5.5
Polar Bear Member IconReview+7
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Carbon Copy Cloner is the easiest and most secure way to make a bit-for-bit clone of any drive. If you experience a catastrophic drive failure, why be bothered with having to manually restore applications because you only have an incremental backup of documents and data. What you want is a plug and play exact total copy of your failed drive that is immediately bootable and ready to rock and roll. That's exactly what CCC gives you. In my opinion, CCC is the best clone utility on the market today.

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Version 3.5.4

Although not bootable, you can restore your Mac bit by bit from Time Machine and it will only be an hour out of date. I too use clones (SuperDuper) but it is less up to date as I only run it every night.
I have the ideal solution, both Time Machine and SuperDuper.
They actually serve similar and different purposes for me depending on what has happened to my Mac. I also have an off-site SuperDuper clone hard drive with my neighbour and it is backed up weekly. This is my doomsday solution for fire and or theft!

GeoProf Member IconComment+889

A quick but important question: Can the permissions for an installation of OS 10.7.5 on a portable USB or FireWire drive be accurately fixed by Apple’s Disk Utility from an OS 10.6.8 startup disk? In other words, are permissions OS-specific, or can one OS’s Disk Utility accurately fix the perms of a different OS?

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Version 3.5.4
Oysterhaven Member IconReview+22

Great app. Very easy to set-up and set a schedule. Then never have to worry again. Had to go back to a local back-up after Carbonite failed me miserable. Love CCC.

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Version 3.5.4
LuukLuuk Member IconReview+11

Intuitive, clearcut, did not encounter any troubles. I will buy this app, becuase it will save me a lot of headaches.

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Version 3.5.4
HansD8412 Member IconReview+0

remarkable. absolutely flawless and easy. thank you carbon copy cloner

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Version 3.5.4
Brooklyn_Al Member IconComment+182

This is not simply a useful piece of software, but based upon my years of experience, it's an essential piece of software! Quality.

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Version 3.5.4
Panpagan Member IconReview+13

Can't say how often CCC saved time, data (and my butt) over the last 11 years. I'm using CCC since 2002. I had about 200 Mac's to support. All of them needed the same programs, the same config, the same basic data on it. CCC saved me a lot of time, working in this big pre-press environment, so I donated for it when it still was donation ware. I'm still happy with this tool, even if I use it mostly for my private machines today.

CCC is not cheap, but worth every penny!

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Version 3.5.4
aknewhope Member IconReview+4

Wonderful backup utility for the Mac. Simply powerful. I trust in the developer, and am happy to pay for his work. Open sourcing the code would be cool.

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Version 3.5.4
WordWeaver Member IconReview+161

I have been using Carbon Copy Cloner for well over three years now since the days when it was still donationware. Before that time, I tried a few other backup solutions such as ChronoSync.

I can happily report that in all this time, CCC has never failed me. It is stable, it is reliable and it is an absolute necessity for any Macintosh user who is serious about protecting themselves from unexpected machine failures and other issues which may result in data loss.

The bottom line is that with my daily CCC scheduled backups to an external drive, I have total peace of mind. I just don't have to worry about it. My ever-changing data is safe, and my life's work is safe as well.

For those of you who may be prone to complain about the price of this app, let me just say that after CCC saves you from just one important project loss, you will realize that it is worth every penny.

CCC is one indispensable utility which you simply do not want to do without. Kudos to the developer for one fine product!

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Downloads 592,796
Version Downloads 9,096
Type Utilities / Backup
License Demo
Date 18 Jun 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $39.95
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