Bombich Software Announces Carbon Copy Cloner 6 Featuring Faster Backups, Quick Updates, Snapshot Navigator, and More

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.

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Top Rated Comments

lars666 Avatar
41 months ago
Great program, great update cycle / pricing policy – paid for my upgrade from CCC 5 immediately.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
41 months ago

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.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bbplayer5 Avatar
41 months ago
Been using this software for almost 2 decades. Crazy. STILL the best.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Earl Urley Avatar
41 months ago
Check out the compatibility chart posted here:

https://bombich.com/download

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..
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mac47 Avatar
41 months ago
Just reading all the replies here shows that my own feelings about CCC are shared by everyone who uses it: Bombich is a class act, the pricing is fair, and the app has saved people’s data countless times.

I wish everyone could be like Bombich. And I hope he is profiting handsomely from his excellent creation.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
41 months ago
Great program. The effective upgrade cost works out to $5 a year which is a steal for what the program offers, not to mention great customer support.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)