Restoring from a backup on a remote Macintosh

This documentation is for an older version of CCC. You can find the latest version here.
Last updated on March 2, 2020

macOS Catalina (10.15) and later

Starting with macOS Catalina, creating bootable backups on a remote Macintosh is no longer practical — CCC can only perform the myriad of partitioning tasks that are required by Catalina on a locally-attached device. You can establish a bootable backup by attaching the destination disk directly to your Mac for the initial backup, but once that disk is attached to a remote Mac, CCC will only be able to maintain a backup of the Data volume. That volume will remain bootable, but depending on how far out of date the OS is on the backup, you may not want to restore the OS to a replacement disk. You can use Migration Assistant instead in those cases:

  1. Hold down Option(⌥)-Command (⌘)-R to boot the Mac in Internet Recovery mode
  2. Install macOS onto the replacement hard drive
  3. When prompted, attach the backup disk to your Mac and use Migration Assistant to migrate data from the backup volume to the replacement startup disk

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macOS Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave (10.10 through 10.14)

Restoring files from a remote Macintosh is nearly the same procedure as backing up to a remote Macintosh:

  1. Open CCC
  2. Click the New Task button in the Toolbar
  3. Select Remote Macintosh... from the Source selector
  4. Configure the hostname of the remote Macintosh and connect to the remote Mac
  5. Choose the path to the volume or folder that has the backup.
  6. Select a destination volume
  7. Click the Clone button

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