Carbon Copy Cloner

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Carbon Copy Cloner
Initial releaseJanuary 18, 2002; 21 years ago (2002-01-18)[1]
Operating systemmacOS
Available inEnglish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Dutch
TypeBackup software

Carbon Copy Cloner is a backup utility for macOS made by Bombich. The app allows people to clone a user's data onto another hard drives or solid state drives. It has been extensively covered in Apple-related publications, and received positive reviews.[2][3][4][5][6][7]


Carbon Copy Cloner version 1 was released on January 18, 2002.


In 2021, its creator, Mike Bombich, discovered that Apple silicon Macs cannot boot if the internal storage failed, even if booting from an external drive. A minimal version of the Mac OS, residing on the internal storage device, has to verify the integrity of the operating system carried on the backup device before recovery can take place.[8]


Carbon Copy Cloner is macOS-exclusive.

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  1. ^ Bombich, Mike (August 18, 2017). "Happy 15th Birthday CCC!". Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  2. ^ Griffiths, Rob (November 5, 2014). "Carbon Copy Cloner 4 brings increased usability to trusted utility". Macworld. Retrieved 2022-10-09.
  3. ^ "The Ultimate Guide to Mac Backup". TheSweetBits. March 10, 2022. Retrieved 2022-10-09.
  4. ^ Hemphill, Kenny (March 15, 2022). "Protect your Mac with these Mac backup software options". Macworld. Retrieved 2022-10-09.
  5. ^ Oakley, Howard (2021-04-12). "Should you back up to APFS or HFS+?". The Eclectic Light Company. Retrieved 2022-10-09.
  6. ^ Foresman, Chris (2008-03-25). "Carbon Copy Cloner 3.1: Now with more cloning power!". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2022-10-09.
  7. ^ Perry, Haley (2021-11-17). "Back Up and Secure Your Digital Life". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-10-10.
  8. ^ Bombich, Mike (May 19, 2021). "Beyond Bootable Backups: Adapting recovery strategies for an evolving platform | Carbon Copy Cloner | Bombich Software". Bombich. Retrieved 2023-01-30.

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