Carbon Copy Cloner
Carbon Copy Cloner
5.1.14

4.8

Carbon Copy Cloner free download for Mac

Carbon Copy Cloner

5.1.14
15 November 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 5.1.14:
  • Authentication errors that occur when failing to mount the destination Data volume are now handled correctly (i.e. you'll get a "Reset Password" prompt instead of a generic error).
  • CCC no longer avoids rebuilding the dynamic linker shared cache on Macs with less than 4GB of RAM. We found that this resolved system performance issues in the past, but now it only exacerbates system performance issues on these anemic systems when running macOS Catalina.
  • CCC will now disallow the conversion of an HFS+ formatted Drobo volume to APFS because Drobo does not currently support APFS. This does not prevent you from reformatting a Drobo volume yourself and selecting it as a destination for a Catalina bootable backup, but CCC is no longer going to perform the task that places the Drobo volume in an unsupported configuration. If you want to use your Drobo device as a bootable backup, you should share that feedback with Drobo.
  • Added a "Reveal Data Volume" button to the source and destination selector when the applicable volume is a mounted System volume.
  • Catalina: CCC's Cloning Coach now warns that a FireWire-attached destination is not bootable on Catalina+ (Apple no longer supports this configuration).
  • Catalina: Errors encountered during the System volume backup will no longer cause the Data volume backup to fail, and the errors are now presented with more helpful advice.
  • High Sierra+: Fixed an issue that resulted in non-bootable clones when specifying a volume other than the current startup disk as the source.
  • The task selection in CCC's sidebar is retained more reliably.
  • Fixed a logic issue that caused CCC's restart or shutdown requests to fail when no user is logged in.
  • Catalina: Addressed a issue where an "On reconnect" task would fail to run when the destination volume was reconnected in cases where the source is the startup disk and the System volume had been replaced entirely during a system software update.
  • CCC now works around volume unmount interference caused by CleanMyDrive. That product can still cause trouble for Disk Utility, however, so consider disabling that software if you're having trouble with an HFS+-to-APFS conversion, for example.
  • Addressed an issue in which the source and destination selections might not be cleared out in Simple Mode.
  • Fixed an issue in which CCC would report that it was unable to collect the details about the underlying volume when selecting a folder on a volume within a volume group, and when that underlying volume's name had a non-ASCII character (e.g. "CCC Backup - Données").

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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.
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Version 5.1.8
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
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