This is a very long overdue thank you post to Mike Bombich and his excellent backup and cloning solution for Mac, Carbon Copy Cloner (a/k/a CCC).
As the name implies, Carbon Copy Cloner allows you to make an exact copy of a volume, keeping ALL files (even the invisible ones). This clone is the only way to make a bootable backup, which can get you back up and running right away on another machine in the event that your main machine dies. Cloning comes in handy for other reasons as well, such as upgrading to a new version of OS X or migrating to a new and larger hard drive.
CCC also offers incremental backups, meaning that it only copies the items that have been modified since the last backup. One of the things our techs love best about CCC is that it will back up to network shares as well as hard drives and disk images.
We all love the “set it and forget it” capability that is built in to CCC. You can attach a drive to your machine and schedule backups for whatever time is convenient for you and your workflow. CCC will even email you to keep you aware of your backups!
One would expect that with all of these features CCC would come with a hefty price tag, but no, Mr. Bombich offers this beautiful backup solution for FREE, and asks only that you donate whatever you can to support future versions of the software.
Version 3.4.4 of Carbon Copy Cloner was released this past Tuesday. This latest version has several new features and fixes some issues that occurred with the last version. Some of the new features include:
- Support for archiving and cloning the Lion Recovery HD partition.
- Scheduled tasks can now be configured to wake or boot the system when the task is scheduled to run.
- CCC’s Source menu includes a “Create a Lion Installer” choice for users with a Lion Installer application in /Applications, which will clone the Lion Installation disk image onto a physical volume.
More info on the latest release of Carbon Copy Cloner 3.4.4 can be found here.