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by Mike | June 7, 2017

Apple introduced macOS "High Sierra" this week, and along with many other developers, we've eagerly started dissecting the new operating system to see what's new. Like in past years, those living on the bleeding edge are wondering, "Will CCC work with this new OS?". Or perhaps "when" prepended to that same question. The short answer is that we have already posted a CCC v4 beta that offers preliminary support for High Sierra just a day after the new OS was announced. If you're running the Developer Preview of the new OS, open CCC and choose "Check for updates" from the Carbon Copy Cloner menu to get the update. As noted in the Release Notes, we've found a few issues of concern in the new OS. We addressed some of these issues in the beta; some will be dealt with in future beta updates as we continue testing.

Will I have to pay for an update to CCC that works with macOS High Sierra?

When we have completed CCC 4 qualification on High Sierra, we will issue an update to CCC 4 that is free to all current CCC 4 license holders.

Will CCC work with Apple's new filesystem, APFS?

The current beta of CCC 4 already works with APFS insofar as CCC can copy files to and from that filesystem. The current beta can also make bootable backups from an APFS startup disk to an HFS+ formatted destination volume – we've already tested that, and in the little bit of testing that we've done so far, that works great. The current feature set of CCC 4 will be qualified against High Sierra – creating bootable HFS+-based backups and working with CoreStorage encrypted backups will be qualified and functional (barring any OS bugs) and we aim to complete that by the time Apple ships High Sierra in the Fall.

Creating a bootable APFS volume, however, is brand-new territory. The semantics of starting a Mac from an APFS volume are completely different from those of an HFS+ volume. We have established a procedure to create an APFS startup volume, though, and we've even created a proof-of-concept bootable APFS clone. What lies ahead is a massive amount of engineering work to build support for these new procedures into CCC. APFS encryption is also handled quite differently from CoreStorage encryption, so we have a lot of work to do in regard to building in support for automatically unlocking and mounting APFS encrypted backup volumes. We're aiming to offer new functionality for creating APFS bootable (and optionally encrypted) backups by the time Apple ships macOS High Sierra in the Fall.

Stay tuned to our blog for updates on our progress and other news from Bombich Software. This will be an exciting Summer!

by Mark | March 31, 2017

Don't be an April Fool!

We all know the importance of backing up your important data — but many of us put it off until it's too late. Today, on World Backup Day, it's time to finally take that step into backing up those photos, documents, movies and music that you know you should be protecting.

To help make it even easier to get started, Bombich Software is offering a 25% discount on Carbon Copy Cloner 4 all weekend!

 

Buy CCC for 25% off
  or  
Buy as a Gift

 

 

World Backup Day
by Sarah | March 29, 2017

In honor of World Backup Day, March 31, we want to help ensure you've been backing up all of your important data. Hopefully you have a Carbon Copy Cloner backup routine in place, but have you checked up on your backups lately?

Here are some things to check:

Need help? Launch CCC and choose Ask a Question About CCC... from the Help menu.


Share World Backup Day with your friends and family! 

Do you know someone that needs to back up their Mac? To celebrate World Backup Day, we are offering a 25% discount on Carbon Copy Cloner household licenses through Monday April 3, 2016.


 

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by Mike | June 13, 2016

Update September 16: CCC 4.1.10 qualified on macOS Sierra

Choose "Check for Updates" from the Carbon Copy Cloner menu to download the latest update. And be sure to update your backup before upgrading to Sierra!


Apple announced macOS Sierra today, and as soon as they make the developer pre-release available, we're going to start the process of qualifying CCC 4 against that OS. We'll start with a shorter collection of tests that verifies that nothing harmful is going to happen if you use CCC on that OS. Once that pre-qualification is complete, we'll post a beta release of CCC 4 that folks can use for testing on the new OS. Over the summer, we'll continue the full regimen of qualification and testing, and once we're happy with the results of our tests, we'll post an update to CCC 4 that runs on Sierra.

Will I have to pay for an update to CCC that works with macOS Sierra?

When we have completed CCC 4 qualification on Sierra, we will issue an update to CCC 4 that is free to all current CCC 4 license holders.

What happens if I try to run the current (stable) release of CCC 4 on macOS Sierra?

CCC 4.1.9 will open on Sierra, but you'll be greeted with a message stating that CCC isn't yet qualified on Sierra. For more information about how and why CCC presents this message, see Coping with Apple's pace of innovation in an application that can delete files.

Update June 23: CCC 4.1.10 beta posted

Our preliminary testing turned up a couple really minor issues, which we've addressed and rolled into a beta release of CCC 4.1.10. If you would like to participate in CCC's beta testing program, open the Software Update section of CCC's Preferences window, check the box next to Inform me of beta releases, then click the button to check for updates.

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by Mike | March 8, 2016

Recently Palo Alto Networks reported a "ransomware" threat to Mac users named "KeRanger". After reading their analysis I found myself deeply concerned. Ransomware threats are nothing new, but I realized that this is probably the closest I've felt to the seedy world of cyber terrorism. Up until now all of that seemed to be aimed at governments, defense departments, big corporations... Windows users! Here we are, though, it's at our doorstep, and our neighbors are already victims. I received an email from a CCC customer yesterday that started with:

I happen to be one of the people who got hit with the ransomware hacks.

Yikes! I was not expecting a good outcome here. Thankfully, the rest of the email was:

Luckily I had a CCC of my drive and booted off that, deleted the ransomware files and was fine.

While this threat appears to be mostly contained at the moment, I think everybody should take some time to examine their defenses against this sort of attack. Having a backup is an obvious first step, but there are some additional steps that you can take to protect your backup too.

Protect yourself from ransomware

This particular ransomware attack is fairly clever. It lies dormant for a few days, then starts to encrypt your documents. It targets documents on externally-attached hard drives as well, and (in future developments) may even target Time Machine backups. CCC backups on external disks are vulnerable, as well. We have some suggestions that can help protect your backups from this sort of threat.

Keep your backup disk unmounted as much as possible

KeRanger targets volumes that are currently attached to your Mac and mounted. Physically detaching your backup disk from your Mac is the most effective way to protect that disk from attack, but it makes your backups more laborious, and you're less likely to keep them up to date. You can configure your CCC backup tasks to run a postflight shell script to eject the destination after the task runs:

  1. Download our "Eject Destination" shell script
  2. Move the shell script to /Library/Application Support/com.bombich.ccc/Scripts on your startup disk
  3. Open CCC and select your backup task
  4. Click the "Use Advanced Settings" button at the bottom of the window
  5. Click the button to choose a shell script in the "After Task Runs" section and select the eject_destination.sh script
  6. Save your task

You can then eject your destination volume and leave it unmounted. CCC will automatically mount the destination when the backup task is... Read More