Carbon Copy Cloner
Carbon Copy Cloner
5.1.16

4.8

Carbon Copy Cloner free download for Mac

Carbon Copy Cloner

5.1.16
02 April 2020

Easy-to-use backup/cloning utility.

Overview

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 from your backup and get back to using your Mac. At your convenience, replace the failed hard drive and then let CCC restore the OS, your data and your settings directly from the backup in one easy step.

Any backup application can save your stuff. A CCC bootable backup will save your productivity too!

What's new in Carbon Copy Cloner

Version 5.1.16:
  • 10.15.4 introduced a small timing issue that can occur when CCC attempts to delete the transient source snapshot at the end of the backup. This error is harmless, and the snapshot is removed automatically later, but this update adds a more aggressive method of removing the snapshot.
  • 10.15.4 also introduced a change that can cause trouble for setting up a remote Macintosh source or destination. This update resolves an error indicating that the remote Macintosh could not be reached during the initial setup.
  • Fixed a dead end that can occur when a backup task encounters an error thats calls for aborting the backup task (e.g. due to a stall, or when the destination volume pops offline in the middle of the task).
  • Improved the reliability of the option to reveal an APFS Data volume in the Finder (via the volumes table contextual menu or via the Source/Destination selectors).
  • Minor improvement to the handling of sparse files on APFS volumes. Also improved progress indication while copying particularly large sparse files.
  • Made a small adjustment to the handling of BoxCryptor volumes.
  • The "Defer if another task is writing to the same destination" setting now considers other volumes in the same APFS volume group to be the same destination. This addresses cases where one task is configured with the System volume as the destination (a standard configuration for a bootable backup) and another task is configured to back up to a folder on the Data sibling of the same volume (also a standard configuration for a folder-to-folder backup).
  • Improved case conflict detection in cases where the source or destination is a member of an APFS volume group.
  • In cases where a task is configured to back up to a disk image on a NAS volume, and the diskimages-helper service dissents the unmount request for the underlying NAS volume at the end of the task, CCC now terminates the offending process to make a followup unmount request more effective.
  • The option to suppress the destructive task warning is now reset when resetting a task to default settings.
  • Addressed some minor errors related to archiving the source APFS helper partitions that can occur if the source is a read-only device (e.g. a read-only disk image).
  • Addressed an issue in which the startup disk setting would be set to the current startup disk when running a backup task (e.g. in cases where the current startup disk is not actually set as the startup disk selection in the Startup Disk Preference Pane).
  • Remote Mac: If CCC's RSA key pair should become corrupted, CCC will now deal with the authentication failures more gracefully.
  • Addressed a logic error that can lead CCC to restore items to the root of the selected destination volume rather than to a designated folder on that volume when restoring from a Data volume snapshot.
  • Fixed an issue in which tasks that were flagged for review because the HFS+ destination will be converted to APFS were not presenting an APFS conversion dialog if the destination device was not attached.

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Stevie24
25 April 2019

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I run QRecall on all of my Macs plus recommended it to all of my customers. It's fast and the deltas are very small. I use it instead of time machine since these backups run seemingly forever and copy huge amounts of data.
In addition to QR I run CCC for bootable alternative device and managing local filesystem snapshots as they are possible in APFS. Never had any problem and it saved my ass may times..
The most important data is saved additionally to the cloud via Arq.

This triumvirate is my favourite combination to save my data.
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Version 5.1.8
Grichte
14 February 2020
La meilleure application de sauvegarde tout simplement.
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Version 5.1.15
DragonMaster
25 January 2020
Yup, another gotta have app!!! Should your Time Machine fail this app WILL save your behind. Fine support. Well worth the price even at double the price.
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Version 5.1.14
leo-logical
22 January 2020
Thanks so much! Coming from being a PC user for so many years, it was a little confusing trying to figure out how to clone by using the standard Disk Utility, as some things were not available that were showing on related YouTube videos. However, Carbon Copy Cleaner got it taken care of, allowing me to swap out an old slow hard disk drive for a new fast solid state drive. 8)
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Version 5.1.14
jbuckle40
13 December 2019
Excellent product. I needed to upgrade my mac with an SSD drive to make it go faster. Carbon Copy Cloner did a super job. The app takes you through a simple procedure to clone the old drive and then you simply swap the drives. Great job. Thanks
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Version 5.1.14
robprint
09 November 2019
Does what it say on the tin. Very easy to use no complications. I used it on Mac mini as I was unable to download OSX on my new SS HD. Thank you for providing such an excellent programme.
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Version 5.1.13
iMacWare
20 October 2019
CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner) is probably the easiest of the tools I have used to clone my drives. I have also used SuperDuper! and Disk Drill.
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Version 5.1.13
andrew-likes-mexico
28 September 2019
i realize this isn't a troubleshooting forum, but i've tried about 10x now to clone my hard drive to a new drive using CCC and keep running into the same problem. After a certain amount of time - between 10 min and 30 min of data transferring - data transfer is interrupted with an error message claiming that the i've disconnected the new drive. the new drive disappears from my desktop, so it is as if it had been unplugged (when of course, it hasn't been). Don't know if this is a bug in CCC, or whether something else is causing this.
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Version 5.1.11
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Mcr
Mcr
10 October 2019
Is the new drive external? In my experience almost always with external drives, disconnects are the result of either a bad cable or the drive is pulling more power than the USB can provide (if it is a powered via the USB port). during intense and sustained disk transfers, this power drain can pop it's ugly head. Note, this is likely not an issue with your USB port, but with the external drive. AS a test, try SuperDuper and see what happens, or just manually in Finder copy and paste the entire disk structure from the root folder to the target root. Oh, if you are using a USB hub, especially unpowered, well, don't. Always use a powered hub (i.e. one that comes with it's own power cord) or plug directly into Mac usb port.
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Version 5.1.12
Stevie24
25 April 2019
I run QRecall on all of my Macs plus recommended it to all of my customers. It's fast and the deltas are very small. I use it instead of time machine since these backups run seemingly forever and copy huge amounts of data.
In addition to QR I run CCC for bootable alternative device and managing local filesystem snapshots as they are possible in APFS. Never had any problem and it saved my ass may times..
The most important data is saved additionally to the cloud via Arq.

This triumvirate is my favourite combination to save my data.
Like (3)
Version 5.1.8
iMacWare
24 April 2019
Carbon Copy Cloner 5, along with the use of Time Machine, is amazing. Have you ever unintentionally messed something up on your drive? Maybe your external drive died and your time machine failed... You can use CCC 5 to clone your drive to any external drive (try using Thunderbolt for best results).
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Version 5.1.8
Dgerzeeboy
16 March 2019
I downloaded this app two days ago because I needed to duplicate a large group of files to an external HD and my usual go-to duplication/backup software was no longer current. Based on the reviews here and the fact that the developer is generous enough to offer a weeks-long trial period with no restrictions before purchase, I gave it a try. I found it well designed, inuitive, fast and powerful. And it got the job done in good time. Bought it immediately. So should you.
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Version 5.1.8