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by Mike | July 10, 2015

We posted a beta of CCC for El Capitan beta testers back in June and I'm happy to report that our testing of CCC 4.1.4 (beta) has been going well on the new OS. So far we haven't found any significant problems. We've made a couple adjustments to how the Recovery HD partition is cloned, but that change was relatively minor. Backups are bootable, scheduled tasks are running on schedule, smart updating is updating smartly, backups to network volumes are working great. On the whole, this appears to be a low-impact OS change. That's perfectly fine with me, I can spend my summer on new feature work!

Help us test!

If you're participating in Apple's El Capitan beta testing program, you can help us test CCC on the new OS. To access the CCC beta update within CCC (e.g. before installing the El Capitan beta), 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 the El Capitan beta, you can download the CCC beta directly [NOTE: no longer available].

If you're using CCC on El Capitan, please let us know what you think and inform us of any problems you encounter while beta testing by choosing Report a Problem from CCC's Help menu. If anything looks or feels a bit different (or just plain wrong), don't assume that we know about it. If you don't report it, it might not get fixed. Thanks!

Update: CCC 4 is qualified for El Capitan

On September 1, we posted CCC 4.1.4, which is now fully qualified on OS X El Capitan.

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... 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