Using CCC

Notes for VoiceOver users

CCC's main window is divided into three main sections. At the top is a toolbar, and beneath that there is a split pane divided vertically. The view on the left is called the sidebar, the view on the right holds the task configuration view. When you open CCC for the first time, the sidebar is hidden. The sidebar is automatically revealed when you add a new task.

Simple Mode

Simple Mode significantly reduces the number of user interface elements — the sidebar, toolbar, scheduling selector, and advanced settings are all suppressed, leaving the user with only three primary controls: Source, Destination, Clone button. For users that desire a basic ad hoc clone from one volume to another and do not want to maintain scheduled tasks, this simplified interface is the perfect solution. To use Simple Mode, choose Simple Mode from the Carbon Copy Cloner menu.

Configuring Email Notifications

If you would like CCC to send your tasks' results via email, you must first configure a sending email account in CCC's Email Settings.

Cloning Apple's Recovery HD partition

How to restore from your backup

Attach the Backup Volume to Your Macintosh

Attach the backup disk to your Mac using a USB, Firewire, or Thunderbolt cable.

Launch Startup Disk

System Preferences > Startup Disk

Launch Startup Disk

Select the Backup Volume

Select the backup disk that you would like to use to restore. Click Restart. This will reboot the system from your backup and allow you to clone the backup onto your main hard drive.

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.

Monitoring backup tasks with the CCC menubar application

The Carbon Copy Cloner menubar application

CCC's menubar application gives you quick access to your tasks so that you can quickly determine their status, see which tasks are running, and start, stop, or defer a particular task.

How to verify or test your backup

Attach the backup volume to your computer

Open the Startup Disk Preferences

System Preferences > Startup Disk

How to set up a scheduled backup

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Configure the Task

Configure CCC as if you were going to run a backup task immediately, selecting your Source and Destination. Click the dotted box below the Schedule heading to view the scheduling options.


How to modify a scheduled backup

Select the Task

Select the Task to be modified. If necessary click Show Sidebar to reveal scheduled tasks.


Select the Task

Modify the Schedule

Click the Schedule Icon.