Carbon Copy Cloner is considered the most cost-effective, easy-to-use backup solution available for Mac OS X.

Download notes:
* Alternatively you can download the latest stable version of this software.

Supported configurations:

  • Local (i.e., not over a network connection), HFS+ formatted partition or hard drive.
  • Mounted disk image. Cloning to a disk image will (obviously), not yield a bootable volume unless you use CCC to restore the image to a physical partition or disk.
  • Firewire disks including iPods
  • CCC will not backup directly to CDs or DVD-R discs, though you can backup to an appropriately sized disk image, then burn the image to disc with Toast or Disk Copy.
  • Any machine that supports Mac OS X (officially).


  • BSD subsystem installed (which is installed by default).

What's New:

  • Support for block-level disk-to-disk clones.
  • Support for backing up across the network.
  • The ability to drill down into folders to select exactly what gets copied and what doesn't (you can drill down indefinitely).
  • A more responsive interface and the ability to stop the clone.
  • More accurate feedback during the clone.
  • The ability to pick up where a previously aborted backup task left off.
  • More information about your disks are available within the CCC interface.
  • Advanced scheduling capabilities -- choose what days to run your backups and how frequently they should run. You can also defer a backup if it starts at an inopportune time.
  • Now you can create a scheduled task that backs up your data whenever you attach a specific hard drive or iPod.