Migrating CCC tasks from one system to another

This documentation is for an older version of CCC. You can find the latest version here.
Last updated on May 23, 2023

If you wish to migrate your tasks from CCC on one system to CCC on another system, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Export All Tasks from CCC's Task menu.
  2. Specify a name for the exported settings file and a location where to save it.
  3. Transfer the exported settings file to another Mac.
  4. Install CCC onto the other Mac
  5. Double-click the exported settings file.
  6. As prompted, review the task settings and reset the source/destination selections as necessary.

Note that CCC uses a unique identifier to positively identify your source and destination volumes. While your other Mac may have a "Macintosh HD" volume and a "Backup" volume, those volumes will appear very different to CCC on the second Mac. Simply reselect those new volumes in CCC's Source and Destination selectors to update the task for your additional Mac.

Also, note that CCC's keychain is not transferrable between Macs. If you migrate CCC tasks to a new Mac, you will have to re-supply CCC with any applicable volume, disk image, or SMTP passwords.

Recovering tasks from a backup

Many people find that "cleaner" applications will aggressively remove CCC's tasks and preferences. If you have lost all of your backup tasks but you have a full backup of your startup disk, you can recover your tasks from the backup with these steps:

  1. Open CCC.
  2. Click Settings in the toolbar to open CCC's Settings window.
  3. Click DB Diagnostics in the Settings window toolbar.
  4. Click the Restore... button at the bottom of the window
  5. In the Open panel, navigate to {your backup disk}/Library/Application Support
  6. Select the folder named com.bombich.ccc.
  7. Click the Open button.
  8. Your tasks should now be restored.

Note that you may have to activate suspended tasks, and/or reselect the source or destination volumes in your tasks.

Please note that you must locate the com.bombich.ccc application support folder that is located in the root-level Library folder (e.g. Macintosh HD > Library, NOT Macintosh HD > Users > USER_NAME > Library). If you're looking in your home folder, you're in the wrong place.