Bombich Software releases Carbon Copy Cloner 3

Bombich Software today unveiled a new version of Carbon Copy Cloner, a Mac OS X utility designed to make Mac to Mac cloning and backup extremely simple. The new version features a new interface designed to make the cloning and backup procedure more intuitive and more responsive. Users have better control over what gets backed up, and are provided with detailed information about the progress of their backup. The new version also provides support for block-level clones, a cloning method that is unsurpassed in providing data fidelity.

The synchronization feature received the most attention in the update. Previous versions required the download of additional third-party software. Version 3.0 includes an optimized version of rsync, an open source utility that provides fast incremental file transfer. By leveraging rsync for incremental backups and synchronization, users get the highly anticipated feature of network backups.

The scheduling functionality of Carbon Copy Cloner also received a makeover. Backup tasks can now be scheduled on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis, or you can indicate that a backup task should run when the backup device is attached. This is especially useful if you use your iPod for backup. Carbon Copy Cloner will actually recognize iPods as well, allowing time for the iPod:iTunes synchronization to complete.

Carbon Copy Cloner is now available as a Universal Binary. As with previous versions, Carbon Copy Cloner is labeled uncrippled shareware — try the full-featured product until you trust it, then consider a donation to the Bombich Software Tip Jar.

More info and download link here.


  1. How does it compare to Apple’s Backup program? Also free, can also do Network backups, also quite reliable.
    I guess an actual comparison to Time Machine would be handy. I’m not at all certain I’m going to be a big fan of TM – having spent my life as an IT guy and learned the value of “backups” long ago, this “backup-for-dummies” software seems like it will be merely intrusive to me. But … I’ve been wrong before.


  2. Carbon Copy Cloner

    was the first and best donation-ware open source program to completely copy entire Mac hard drives.

    SuperDuper! copied the open source code of Carbon Copy Cloner, added a complicated mickey mouse interface and resold it as their own with a active guerrilla market campaign on Mac user bulletin boards and the Apple forums which they (and their marketing drones) have been kicked off many places for spamming.

    Cloning Mac hard drives is entirely possible from the command line, but complicated. Carbon Copy Cloner eliminated the hassle, optimizes the hard drive with the clone and really doesn’t ask for whole lot in return but you donate a few bucks.

    People need to clone hard drives because in deadline situations it just takes too long to rebuild a dead drive, especially a boot drive with complicated reinstalls and updates of commercial software. Just option boot from the clone and your back at work, only losing what you didn’t save from the last backup or clone.

    Most advise backing up files daily and cloning entire boot drives weekly. In fact booting from the clone is a excellent way of optimizing, repair and recovery of the original drive instead of a boot c.d. which can’t hold all the drive recovery programs.

  3. Apple is getting into the backup market for a reason.

    Trusted Computing using EFI on Intel based Mac’s utilizes a separate partition on the drive to store copy protection for developers and media folks to use.

    In fact the EFI specs are not controlled by Apple, but by the UEFI and the Trusted Computing Group

    The reason Apple is doing Time Machine is to reduce the market need for cloning software like Carbon Copy Cloner as to protect the EFI drive partition and Trusted Computing.

    As you can notice it’s been 20 something years of Apple and not one worthy backup solution to another drive. Something that could have been easily incorporated into the OS to “mirror” a boot drive to another every 3-7 days or so.

    A “Apple backup drive” could be sold separately and easily hooked up to any Mac, because they all have fast interfaces. Apple could have taken care of the problem with a System Control panel or automatically for a newbie that just hooks up the Apple Backup Drive to the computer. It could even have been hardware encrypted automatically.

    Apple could have made a fortune with such a device, selling one with every Mac sold.

    But they didn’t, but now they are giving one for free.

    I guess you can sell the rat now right?

  4. I’m glad this update was finally released.

    The Mac Genius at my local Apple Store told me about this program years ago. He said they use CCC regularly for backing up customer’s Macs during repair and told me that Bombich is an Apple employee in charge of the Disk Utility program. I don’t know if that is true, but I like cloning a drive directly with CCC better than the Disk Utility 2-step process of making a disk image of Drive A and then restoring from it onto Disk B.

  5. RE:
    >Cloning Mac hard drives is entirely possible from the command line, but complicated.
    >but I like cloning a drive directly with CCC better than the Disk Utility 2-step process of making a disk image of Drive A and then restoring from it onto Disk B.

    people, creating a block level clone of your drive is entirely possible with one trip to disk utility. no disk images, no terminal.
    1. boot from your install disc (or a third bootable drive)
    2. open disk utility, click on the restore tab
    3. drag the drive you want to clone to the source pane
    4. drag the drive you’re cloning onto to the destination pane
    5. check “erase destination” and check “skip checksum”
    6. click restore. that’s it.

    what you can’t do in disk utility is do incremental backups. CCC can do a lot more, esp. now with rsync built in. i will definitely check it out.

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