Carbon Copy Cloner

Last modified
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Description of App

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.



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Version Of macOS App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

The only accessibility issue I've noticed is the following:

If you select to backup selected files and folders there is a table where you can unselect items. When you unselect an item focus jumps to the top of the tabel.

The developer is aware of that, and he will try to fix this as soon as time permits. I believe that he has shown the blind community that he cares about accessibility, and I haven't seen any better application that does backup on OS X.


There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.
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Submitted by KE7ZUM on Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hello. what trouble are yu guys having with the software? the thread does not point out any case uses. They have blind voice over usere and tey did test CCC version 4 so please be as specific as possible so I may pass this along.

Take care.

Submitted by Jeff Bishop on Monday, October 13, 2014

Has anyone determined a way of selecting the source and destination volumes with CCC Version 4?

Submitted by Thomas Byskov Dalgaard on Monday, November 10, 2014

Hi Jeff!
To select the source and destination drive you have to press vo-spacebar on either button. WHen you see the list of drives you have to find the name of the drive e.g.: Macintosh HD. Now press vo-command-F5. to route the mouse to the chosen drive. Now you have so simulate a muse click by pressing: VO-shift-space.
That selects the chosen drive.

Submitted by Thomas Byskov Dalgaard on Monday, November 10, 2014

Hi Marrie!
The interface has changed a lot since version 3. That means that some items aren’t placed in a logical order for Voiceover users.
The way of selecting the source and destination drives is possible, but you have to simulate a click with Voiceover in order for it to work.
The only seriously accessibility issue I’ve found is when excluding items from a drive.
There is (as in version 3) a table with every folder and file from the source-drive. That is possible to navigate. When unchecking an item the focus of Voiceover is moved to the top of the list. Regardless if cursor tracking is turned on or off.
I’ve told Bombichsoftware about all of the above and they say, that they will try to fix it.
Still I would recommend Carbon copy cloner any time. It just take some practice before you’ll like the new interface.

Submitted by Soupy on Monday, November 10, 2014

Thomas, that was really helpful, as I’m just getting to grips with CCC and you got me past one of my sticking points.

Submitted by jrjolley (not verified) on Monday, November 10, 2014

I've been using SupderDuper for years and did once try CCC when it was free. Is it worth changing strategy now, been backing up daily via SuperDuper without issues

Submitted by Thomas Byskov Dalgaard on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hi James!

I have never tried Superduper myself, so this is what I've found via google and other forums out there:
Carbon COpy Cloner (CCC) makes a full backup of your volume inclusive the recovery. That's not the case for Superduper. It only backups the data on your drive.
I've used CCC since 2012, and I will say that it is a great program, and it does its joj great.
At some point I made some mistakes from terminal, that crashed my internal harddrive. I was able to fix this by booting from an external harddrive and then restore my old harddrive via CCC from my NAS-server. All this was very simple and not technical at all I would say.
Another thing: I have never ever got so great support from any company like Bombichsoftware. THey know their software and they are always willing to help. They do care about accessibility and issues the users are facing.
That might be the same for superduper, but I haven't tested it out.
Would any of you want to do a podcast on CCC or superduper? I would especialy look forward to one of Superduper, since I've thought of checking it out many times, but haven't found the time to do it.
Edit: One thing I forgot was that I really love the documentation on the website of CCC. It is wellstructured and it is clear and speaks straight to the user. I don't know much about harddrives and all that good technical stuff, but the documentation explains things on a very basic level so everyone (almost) will get it right. :-)

Submitted by daytona-mike on Sunday, December 21, 2014

Can I use Carbon Copy to cclone a copy of my windows 7 on my boot camp section? & because it is so large will it let me put it on multiple cd,s? Will I be able to paste it all back after I make the Bootcamp section larger & expect windows 7, openbook & other programs to run without installing them from the original soft ware disk?
Any help appreciated!