Using CCC

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cloning Apple's Recovery HD partition

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.

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.

How to verify or test your backup

Attach the backup volume to your computer

Open the Startup Disk Preferences

System Preferences > Startup Disk

Open the Startup Disk Preferences

Select the backup volume

After clicking the lock in the lower lefthand corner, select the backup volume that you would like to verify. Click Restart.