How to set up your first backup

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Attach the backup disk to your computer

See the Choosing a backup volume section for additional advice on this subject.

Format the disk

Before you can use a new disk for a backup of macOS, you must first initialize it with the correct format using the Disk Utility application.

See the Preparing your backup disk for a backup of OS X section of the documentation for step-by-step instructions. You can also watch a video of that tutorial on YouTube.

Launch Carbon Copy Cloner

Applications > Carbon Copy Cloner

Launch Carbon Copy Cloner

Select the Source

Click on the dotted box under the SOURCE heading to view available sources.

Select the Source

Select your startup disk from the menu of available volumes for the source.

Select the Destination

Click on the dotted box under the DESTINATION heading to view available destinations, then select your new backup drive from the menu of available volumes for the destination.

Select the Destination

Begin the Clone

Click Clone.

Begin the Clone

Congratulations - your first clone is in progress!

Congratulations - your first clone is in progress!

Smart Updates

If you run the same backup task again, CCC will copy only the items that have changed. There's no special setting to achieve this behavior, simply click the Clone button again or configure your backup task to run automatically on a scheduled basis.

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