Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1 – Easy-to-use backup/cloning utility.

Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1

Carbon Copy Cloner backups are better than ordinary backups. Suppose the unthinkable happens while you’re under deadline to finish a project: your Mac is unresponsive and all you hear is an ominous, repetitive clicking noise coming from its hard drive. With ordinary backups, you’d spend your day rushing out to a store to buy a new hard drive and then sit in front of your computer reinstalling the operating system and restoring data.

With Carbon Copy Cloner, your data and the operating system’s data are all preserved on a bootable volume, ready for production at a moment’s notice. When disaster strikes, simply boot from your backup and get back to using your Mac. At your convenience, replace the failed hard drive and then let CCC restore the OS, your data and your settings directly from the backup in one easy step.

Any backup application can save your stuff. A CCC bootable backup will save your productivity too!

What’s New

Version 4.1:

  • Added a new task progress window to the CCC User Agent application. You can now choose to display this miniature task progress window by choosing "Show task progress for CCC Backup Task" from the menubar application's menu. This window can automatically appear when tasks start and disappear when tasks complete. The window will show task progress for every task, allowing you to get detailed task progress information without having the main CCC application window open.
  • Added a "Simple Mode" in which CCC's interface is limited to the source and destination selectors and the Clone button. For people that want to use CCC only on an ad hoc basis (i.e. not for scheduling tasks), and want only the basic functionality of cloning one local disk to another local disk, Simple Mode delivers that experience. Simple Mode is accessed via the Carbon Copy Cloner menu.
  • The task list now has a contextual menu, with options to run, disable, duplicate or delete the clicked-upon task.
  • Tasks can be disabled globally from the CCC menubar icon. Tasks can be disabled until the user specifically re-enables them, or automatically re-enabled after a particular period of time.
  • In addition to each of the days in a week, "Day of the Month" is now an option when configuring monthly tasks. This allows the user to schedule a task to run "On the first day of the month" or "On the last day of the month".
  • SMTP accounts that are configured in Mail are now available in CCC's Email Settings preferences to simplify the setup of email settings.
  • CCC's Documentation window now offers an option to find text in the current page.
  • The task configuration portion of the CCC window can now be resized horizontally to make file selection easier when cloning selected files.
  • User Agent and helper tool behavior improvements. If there are no automated or scheduled tasks configured to run, and if both CCC and its user agent have exited, CCC's helper tool will exit automatically. Likewise, the user agent will remain open only if there are automated tasks configured, or if the user has CCC configured to display its icon in the menu bar. The CCC User Agent login item is now exposed in the Login Items section of the Users & Groups preference pane, and this can be removed by the user (as well as in CCC's Preferences window). The services that are affected by disabling CCC's user agent are clearly explained in CCC's preferences window.
  • If the user declines saving a password for an encrypted volume in CCC's keychain, CCC will no longer ask the user for the password to that same volume in the future. The user will still have the opportunity to save that volume's password in CCC's keychain if, for example, the task fails to run because the encrypted volume was not unlocked, and CCC was unable to unlock it.
  • When dozens of volumes are present, CCC will now present these volumes in a scrollable list in the source and destination selectors.
  • Addressed several accessibility concerns. All CCC user interface elements should now be accessible via keyboard navigation and with VoiceOver.
  • When a custom filter item is modified, CCC will now properly indicate that the task needs to be saved.
  • Fixed an edge-case issue in which sending an email could lead to a crash if the SMTP server stopped responding. Affected tasks would have completed successfully, but the email notification would not be delivered, and this also prevented a task history event from being recorded.


OS X 10.8 or later


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