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Bombich Software has released version 6 of Carbon Copy Cloner, the first major update to the backup program and Time Machine alternative in over four years.

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Apart from offering the ability to make bootable backups on Intel and Apple Silicon Macs, the new-look CCC 6 includes a number of additional features, including a "Quick Update" to existing backups that is said to be up to 20 times faster. To achieve this, CCC 6 now uses the macOS FSEvents service to check for a list of folders modified on the source since the last backup, rather than scanning every folder for changes.

Using the same underlying technology that's used by the "Quick Update" feature, CCC 6 also offers a new automation option that allows users to have a task run when a threshold of data changes have occurred at the source. So rather than scheduling hourly or daily tasks, CCC can run tasks when a specific amount of data has changed on the disk, with the added ability to limit the number of automated tasks that run in a given time window.

Elsewhere, a new Preview feature offers an advance look at what changes will be made to the destination before a backup runs, while new Backup Audits record detailed information about the transactions that occurred during the task, such as files copied, files updated, folders created or updated, and files deleted or archived.

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CCC's new Compare feature offers a visual comparison of a task's source and destination, and provides details if the differences are the result of a task filter. There's also a new Snapshot Navigator, which allows users to step through older versions of their backups and get a preview of files as they were at specific points in time.

Interface-wise, CCC's main window has been redesigned for Dark Mode, and now has a smaller desktop footprint while making many of the controls and font sizes larger. It also now includes more detailed progress indication while a task is running, including a time remaining estimate, and file processing and transfer rates are now charted in real time during backup tasks.

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Meanwhile, the menubar item has been updated, and now offers one-click access to starting, stopping and monitoring CCC tasks. It also tracks disk usage consumed by snapshots and alerts users to usage that exceeds expectations.

Carbon Copy Cloner 6 costs $39.99 for a personal and household license, or a commercial, single computer license. CCC 5 users get a 50% discount off that price, while CCC 4 users are being offered a 25% discount. CCC 5 owners who purchased the app after February 18, 2021 are eligible for a free upgrade. A 30-day trial of the software is also available on the Bombich website.

Article Link: Bombich Software Announces Carbon Copy Cloner 6 Featuring Faster Backups, Quick Updates, Snapshot Navigator, and More
 
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Earl Urley

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Check out the compatibility chart posted here:


CCC 5.x is backwards compatible all the way to 10.10 Yosemite!

CCC 6.x is Catalina and Big Sur ONLY, but that's understandable given that the Quick Update depends on FSEvents which was fully formed by 10.15..

I also upgraded as soon as it was announced, and it's a honey of an upgrade. Can't wait to see how much faster incrementals will be..

Upgrade pricing was eminently fair, only paid $20 to up from v.5..
 

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Never quite calculated the cost, considering this is a one-time license for a long time to come. But that $5 a year is a more-than-justified, irresistible price.
Yesterday, I sent an error log in as I was still running the beta. In less than 10 minutes, Mike had responded back informing me that said errors were fixed in the official release. Every time I have contacted Mike, the response has been quick and helpful.
 

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Just upgraded this morning. Looks like a promising update. I primarily use Time machine for my backups because I don't currently require bootable backups but CCC is a nice tool to have around and keep up to date.
This app has saved my a** a million times over the years. Instantly paid the update and doing another backup now. The new "Quick Update" function is a real time saver. Also like the new interface and that the estimated completion time seems to be more accurate.
 

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This app has saved my a** a million times over the years. Instantly paid the update and doing another backup now. The new "Quick Update" function is a real time saver. Also like the new interface and that the estimated completion time seems to be more accurate.
I use a combination of CCC and Time machine. I like the ability with Time machine how: for example you mess up a file, you can restore that one file right from that folder by entering time machine. CCC backs up to and as mentioned I used to like having a bootable backup, but unlike time machine it doesn't have the ability restore files any differently then you would in Finder having the go look for it. Basically what I am saying here, is I like both solutions together.

Now, I did use CCC a few years ago to maintain a backup in much the same way I currently use TM. I just grew to like the system's integration of Apple's built in solution vs third party. At the end of the day though, both are good solutions, and it doesn't hurt to have multiple solutions in the toolbox.
 

Apple_Robert

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I use a combination of CCC and Time machine. I like the ability with Time machine how: for example you mess up a file, you can restore that one file right from that folder by entering time machine. CCC backs up to and as mentioned I used to like having a bootable backup, but unlike time machine it doesn't have the ability restore files any differently then you would in Finder having the go look for it. Basically what I am saying here, is I like both solutions together.

Now, I did use CCC a few years ago to maintain a backup in much the same way I currently use TM. I just grew to like the system's integration of Apple's built in solution vs third party. At the end of the day though, both are good solutions, and it doesn't hurt to have multiple solutions in the toolbox.
You can use CCC in the same manner. Open the file in CCC and drag it to the appropriate current folder you want to restore.
 
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