Carbon Copy Cloner
Carbon Copy Cloner
5.1.13

4.8

Carbon Copy Cloner free download for Mac

Carbon Copy Cloner

5.1.13
19 October 2019

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 5.1.13:
  • Made an adjustment to how CCC copies the contents of the System volume when that volume is getting updated to avoid removing any content from the destination System volume that doesn't belong there. While it is inappropriate to ever have content on the destination System volume (CCC, for example, would not allow you to configure a task in that manner), Finder allows the modification of that volume, so conceivably someone could copy the content to that volume without realizing the error. In general, you should avoid storing anything on your macOS backup volume that is unrelated to the source volume. If you want to store other content on your backup disk, create a dedicated volume for that content.
  • CCC detects a couple more error conditions that are commonly encountered during APFS conversion on macOS Catalina and either work around them to make the conversion succeed or presents them with more accurate advice.

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Stevie24
25 April 2019

Most helpful

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
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.
Like (1)
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
1 answer(s)
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.
Like (3)
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
SaJe
15 March 2019
CCC has saved my bacon more times than I can count. I've been using it since I got my first Mac in the mid-Nineties, and it's one of the first things I install when I upgrade. hardware. A true example of "set it and forget it," it runs flawlessly and when Murphy takes a hand, I have a bootable backup waiting for me. Thanks and kudos to Bombich Software!
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Version 5.1.8
Aeschylus
27 February 2019
Powerful, reliable, and regularly updated to take into account Apple's updates and Apple's bugs. You might not want to spend time making backups. But if you do, this is rightfully the most highly regarded program to do so. I've never once second guessed my purchase.
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Version 5.1.8
Sampler
14 December 2018
I wanted to transfer just three OS 9 apps that I use in Sheep Shaver to another computer. I tried simple transfer via the network, but the sizes of the transferred apps were wrong and they wouldn't open. I then tried SuperDuper over the network with the same result. Finally, I set up the transfer in CCC, hit "Clone" and the apps transferred correctly.

I've had several questions over the years for Mike Bombich and he's always answered quickly with a helpful explanation or solution. A superior app with superior service!
Like (4)
Version 5.1.7
artie505
24 October 2018
Just OUTSTANDING! Performance and support are unequaled.
Like (3)
Version 5.1.6
$39.99

4.8

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.0 or later
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