Using CCC

Granting CCC Access to macOS Application Data

macOS Mojave imposes new privacy restrictions that disallow, by default, access to certain application data (e.g. Mail, Messages, Safari, Photos). Restrictions have been imposed previously for data associated with applications such as Calendar and AddressBook, but unlike these previous limitations, macOS Mojave imposes these limitations on privileged applications (like CCC's file copier) as well. To further complicate the matter, macOS does not conveniently ask you to grant access to an application when that application tries to access that data.

Leveraging Snapshots on APFS Volumes

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.

Cloning Apple's Recovery HD partition

Protecting data that is already on your destination volume: The Carbon Copy Cloner SafetyNet

As the name implies, SafetyNet is a safety mechanism that works to avoid accidental loss of data on the destination.

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.

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.

The Disk Center

CCC's Disk Center shows general volume information for each locally-attached volume mounted on your Mac, as well as read and write rate and error statistics for those volumes. Select a volume in CCC's sidebar (click "Show Sidebar" in the toolbar if it is hidden) to view that volume in the Disk Center. CCC also shows any backup tasks that are associated with the selected volume. Simply click the Clone button to run a selected task, or double-click the task to edit the task.

How to find out when a backup last ran: CCC Task History

To find out when a backup task last ran, click on the Carbon Copy Cloner icon in your menubar, then move the mouse over the submenu of the task you would like to inspect. The submenu for each task will indicate when the task last ran, the status of that last run, and when the task is scheduled to run next (if applicable). Select Show task history... to open CCC and view more detail about the previous times that that task has run.

Show task history menu item

How to restore from your backup

Restoring individual items from your backup volume can be done in the Finder via drag and drop – simply find that item on the backup disk, then drag it back to your startup disk. If you're restoring more than a handful of items to your startup disk, configure a folder-to-folder task to restore specific folders from your backup disk to a specific folder on your startup disk.