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by Mike | June 1, 2015

We're on the cusp of Apple's next Worldwide Developer Conference, and like many other developers, we've started to expect a new OS announcement during the Keynote. That inevitably raises the question, "Will CCC work with that new OS?"? The short answer is yes — by the time Apple ships that OS, we'll have CCC completely qualified and running on that OS. I posted a much longer explanation last year, however, that explains why the current version of CCC will not open on that new OS:

Will CCC work with [insert Apple's pre-release OS here]?

Long story short, the OS has far too many potential changes — changes in the filesystem, changes in services, system behavior, bootability requirements, etc. — it just doesn't make sense to blindly hope that it will just work. If we developed a calendar or drawing application, I'd be more comfortable allowing it to run on a new, untested OS. I don't play fast and loose with user data though, there's too much at risk.

Here's a timeline of how we anticipate things working in the next few weeks, on the assumption that Apple does actually announce a new OS:

  • Apple announces the new OS
  • Apple makes the developer preview available to developers
  • We download the developer preview and load it on a couple test systems
  • We load up a new build of CCC that accommodates the basics of the new OS (the name, version) and put it through a series of basic challenges
  • We resolve any showstoppers, and identify and document any other concerns (e.g. compatibility with new OS features)
  • Finally, after determining that CCC is safe on the new OS, we'll post a beta release of CCC 4 and make an announcement here, asking for user feedback that will help us refine CCC 4 on the next major OS

And, of course, what many people will be asking us...

Will I have to pay for an upgrade to CCC for the next major OS?

It is our intention to issue a nominal compatibility update to CCC 4 that is qualified on the next major OS by the time that OS is made available to the general public. This update will be free to existing CCC 4 license holders.

Update [June 16, 2015]: CCC 4.1.4-b2 posted

Today we posted CCC 4.1.4-b2 which offers preliminary support for OS X 10.11, El Capitan, which is currently available for beta testing. To apply the update within CCC (before upgrading to El Capitan), open CCC's Preferences window, click on Software Update, check the Inform me of beta releases checkbox, then click the Check for updates now button. If you're already running El Capitan, you can download the beta directly [NOTE: no longer available].

If you're using CCC on El Capitan (beta), please let us know what you think and inform us of any problems you... Read More

by Eddie | March 3, 2015

Our founder, Mike, recently sat down to discuss the genesis and evolution of Carbon Copy Cloner with the team at Command-Control-power.  The conversation offers unique insight into his passion for perfecting CCC with earnest and straightforward commentary.  Mike provides details ranging from his motivation to create CCC in 2002, to the rationale behind the transition to a commercial product and the release of version 4.  While I listened to the dialogue, I was reminded of why I wanted to join the Bombich Software team: Mike's unmistakable honesty, integrity and commitment to excellence.

You can listen to the interview at http://www.macs.ws/1M4yPen.

Command-Control-power is a weekly podcast hosted by three certified members of the Apple Consultants Network (ACN): Joe Saponare of PsiMac, Sam Valencia of HCS Technology Group, and Jerry Zigmont of MacWorks.

by Sarah | December 23, 2014

We will be closed from noon December 24 until December 26, and from noon December 31 until January 2 to spend the holidays with our families.

Limited staff are available to respond to customer requests until January 5. We appreciate your patience if it takes a bit longer for us to respond than is typical.

by Mike | October 1, 2014

I introduced Carbon Copy Cloner on January 18, 2002. That was such an exciting time -- Mac OS X was so new, nobody else had figured out how to clone it, and many people thought it was impossible. I love to surprise people! Over the past 12 years, CCC has grown into more than just a basic cloning tool, it's now a feature-rich backup application with support for backing up to and from network volumes and disk images, copying between folders, even cloning across the Internet to another Mac.

As exciting as the last 12 years have been, it doesn't compare to how excited I am to announce our biggest release ever: Carbon Copy Cloner 4! In the past 18 months we've torn CCC down to studs and completely rebuilt it on top of modern OS X facilities. We've added many features that our users have been requesting -- editing scheduled tasks, simpler settings, a menubar application for quick access to information about backup tasks, detailed task history and so much more.

CCC 4 New Interface

If you're running Mountain Lion or later (yes, Yosemite too), you can download CCC 4 and try it yourself, I know you're going to love it!

Upgrade Pricing

We're offering a very generous lookback period for people that purchased a CCC 3 license recently. If you purchased a license since Apple previewed the Yosemite OS on June 2, 2014, your upgrade pricing is $FREE! Simply download CCC 4 and open it. Upon discovering your CCC 3 license, CCC 4 will request that your new license be sent to you via email.

For people that purchased a CCC 3 license prior to June 2, 2014, you can purchase an upgrade at 50% of the list price ($19.99 USD). Again, download CCC 4 and open it. When CCC detects your v3 license, it will automatically retrieve a coupon that you can use to purchase CCC 4 at the upgrade price. If you don't see this pricing automatically, check your license for eligibility here.

CCC and Yosemite

Carbon Copy Cloner 4 has seen over 18 months of development and thousands of hours of beta testing. We have a rigorous QA procedure that involves automatically-performed unit tests and over 450 tests that must be performed manually under specific test conditions. These tests are time consuming, so we perform the complete qualification on production operating systems only. CCC is fully qualified on Mountain Lion and Mavericks.

Yosemite is still a beta product. Based on experience with past OS X releases, we feel strongly that cloning and backup software should not be used on new OSes until it has actually been tested on the new OS. While that seems like a common-sense statement, it’s apparently not a common... Read More

by Mike | September 29, 2014

Carbon Copy Cloner 4 introduces a brand-new interface and support for Yosemite. The upgrade begs the question, though, why can't we "fix" CCC 3.5 so it will run on Yosemite? It's not nearly as simple as you might think...

In the last several years, Apple has demonstrated its intention to push out a new operating system on an annual basis. Concurrent to those new OSes, users see updates to nearly every application they use -- updates that accommodate changes in the new OS. Some updates are small -- minor bug fixes, while others are large, e.g. to accommodate major new OS features. Carbon Copy Cloner is no different, each OS brings not only user interface changes, but also changes to various filesystem and networking features that directly affect how CCC can perform backup tasks.

Carbon Copy Cloner 3.0 was developed between 2007 and 2009, so it was based on OS X system facilities that were available on Tiger. Between then and now, we've updated CCC 3.x to add support for new OS features, such as HFS filesystem compression, Notification Center, the Recovery HD partition, full disk encryption, and new sleep/wake mechanisms. But there are architectural limitations to the choices that we made back in 2007 that can't simply be updated piecemeal. While we've worked really hard to make Tiger-age technologies work for us on newer OSes, these most recent OS releases have painted a very clear picture -- it was time to retire the old architecture. That decision was made just in time, because our worst fears were realized in Yosemite's earliest developer previews -- CCC 3.5 was badly broken on Yosemite, and we were facing many, many months of work to get it working reliably.

At that time (shortly after the Yosemite announcement), we were at a fork in the road. We were nearly finished with a new generation of CCC -- just months away from releasing it. Do we put that work on hiatus for another year and invest precious development resources on bandaid solutions, only to face an unendurable support avalanche when Yosemite arrives? Or do we tear off the bandaid and invest all of our resources into the next major release of CCC, which was nearly ready and already working on Yosemite? The decision was painful, but it wasn't difficult. Investing in 7-year old technology just isn't a winning strategy, not on Apple's platform, not with Apple's "pace of innovation".

CCC 4 is a huge upgrade, it isn't anything like the OS compatibility updates that we've provided for free for the last 7 major OS releases. For folks that have a CCC 3 license, we want to be as fair as possible for the upgrade. We're offering a generous "lookback" period -- anyone that purchased a CCC 3 license since Apple announced Yosemite on June 2, 2014 will get a free CCC 4 license. Anyone that purchased a personal use license prior to that can get the upgrade at 50% off. That's just $20, and the license covers every Mac in your home. More details on... Read More