Getting Ready to Use CCC

Best practices for updating your Mac's OS

Preparing your backup disk for a backup of macOS

Note: This will erase all data on your backup disk!!!

Launch Disk Utility

Open a Finder window and navigate to Applications > Utilities and double click on Disk Utility.

System Requirements for Carbon Copy Cloner

System Requirements

  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra

Older versions of CCC are still available for users running older OSes. Note that these older versions are not actively being developed and support is provided on a case-by-case basis.

Choosing a backup drive

Internal or external?

Internal or external?

If you have a Mac with room for additional internal hard drives, you can use that space for your backup hard drive. We prefer external hard drive enclosures for portability reasons — You can easily swap a pair of external hard drives between office and home to have an inexpensive offsite backup solution. This also gives you the opportunity to easily leverage that hard drive to back up multiple Macs.

Choosing a backup drive

Internal or external?

Internal or external?

If you have a Mac with room for additional internal hard drives, you can use that space for your backup hard drive. We prefer external hard drive enclosures for portability reasons — You can easily swap a pair of external hard drives between office and home to have an inexpensive offsite backup solution. This also gives you the opportunity to easily leverage that hard drive to back up multiple Macs.

Preparing your backup disk for a backup of OS X

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Note: This will erase all data on your backup disk!!!

Launch Disk Utility

Open a Finder window and navigate to Applications > Utilities and double click on Disk Utility.

System Requirements for Carbon Copy Cloner

System Requirements

  • OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra (APFS support is limited to source volumes)

An older version of CCC is still available for users running Snow Leopard and Lion. Note that this version is not actively being developed and support is provided on a case-by-case basis.