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ccc6

Backing up multiple volumes or multiple Macs to a single hard drive can be a messy proposition. If you back up each source volume to the same destination volume without some pre-planning, data from each source volume will be merged in a heap on the backup volume. Additionally, your tasks will archive or delete each other's backed up content.

Add dedicated volumes to an existing APFS-formatted backup disk

When you're backing up multiple volumes to the same APFS-formatted backup disk, create a dedicated volume on that backup disk for each source volume:

  1. Open Disk Utility
  2. Choose "Show all devices" from the View menu
  3. Select your current CCC destination volume in the sidebar
  4. Choose Add APFS Volume... from the Edit menu
  5. Name your new volume and click the Add button
  6. Configure each of your CCC backup tasks to back up to its own dedicated volume on the destination

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Add dedicated partitions to an HFS+ formatted backup disk

Partitioning is similar to adding volumes like the procedure described above, but a little less flexible:

  1. Open Disk Utility
  2. Choose "Show all devices" from the View menu
  3. Click on the top-most parent device of your backup disk
  4. Click the "Partition" button in the toolbar
  5. Click the "+" button to add a second partition to the backup disk
  6. Configure each of your CCC backup tasks to back up to its own dedicated volume on the destination

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Backing up multiple data volumes to a non-APFS formatted disk

The easiest way to back up multiple data-only volumes to the same non-APFS formatted backup disk is to create a folder on the backup disk for each volume that you want to back up. Then you'll configure a task for each source volume that you want to back up, setting the destination to that disk's dedicated folder on the backup disk.

  1. Click the New Task button in CCC's toolbar.
  2. Choose your data volume from CCC's Source selector.
  3. Create a new folder on the destination volume in the Finder, then drag that folder onto CCC's Destination selector.
  4. Schedule the task, if desired, or choose Save from CCC's File menu. You can run this task immediately or let it run on schedule later.
  5. Repeat the steps above for other source volumes, creating a new folder for each at the root level of the destination volume.