Review: Carbon Copy Cloner 5

My go to backup and hard disk cloning program has been Carbon Copy Cloner for a whle now. Last week they released version 5 with a ton of new features which are meant to make the application easier to use. Which in turn means you’re going to back up your computer and protect your data.

Here’s why you want to upgrade from version 4:

  • Support for MacOS High Sierra: This includes doing bootable backups and bootable restores on the brand new APFS file system. This is the number one reason why you need to get this version of Carbon Copy Cloner. A close second is the fact that it supports APFS encryption.
  • Guided backup/restore/cloning: If you are new to backing up your Mac, Carbon Copy Cloner 5 will walk you through doing a backup or a restore which will lessen the chance that you’ll screw something up. To further help those who are new to the backup game, there are tips that pop up by hovering your mouse over various parts of the user interface.
  • Graphical view of tasks: In my case, I run four backup tasks that each last for a week and backup to disk images. But I did have a problem when two backup tasks would run at the same time on a Saturday. After I installed Carbon Copy Cloner 5 and I used this view, I was able to see that visually and quickly fix it. This is something that will really help users figure out when a backup task will happen as well as tweak things to their satisfaction.
  • You can group tasks together: This can be for organization purposes, or you can run them as a group. Either way, it gives you additional flexibility.

All of the above, plus a bunch of improvements that have been made have made Carbon Copy Cloner easy to use for novice and pro users. In fact, it has evolved to the point where I will begin to recommend it to my clients over Apple’s Time Machine backup solution as it is that easy to use. I’ve been using it for the last week and I have nothing negative to say about it. If you’re still on the fence, you can try it out for 30 days. If you like it, you can dive in for $52 CAD which if you’re a home user will cover all the Macs in your home. If you need backup software for your Mac, and trust me you do need backup software, look no further than your Mac.


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