Mike Bombich has been making OSX software and instruction guides since there was OSX. In the early days of Macintosh OSX administration, his software was a lifesaver to many a Macintosh administrator. As Apple started to catch up, his software releases started to slow down and (I think?) he got a much deserved job at Apple.
If you haven’t used his software, guides or fourms, you may want to familiarize yourself with them:
The purpose of Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) is to assist you in moving your entire Mac OS X installation or selected folders from one partition to another as easily as possible. CCC can copy all the system files necessary, maintaining Unix permissions and ownership, to create a bootable backup of your drive. Moving your X installation to a larger hard drive? CCC is right for you!
So back to the news: Carbon Copy Cloner get’s its 1st upgrade in like 5 years. We can’t wait to try it!
Clone, synchronize, backup. Schedule and forget it. Try it ’til you trust it.
The key to a successful backup plan is to actually do the backups regularly. When left to a human, the task often gets tacked on to the end of a very long list of other things to do. When you eventually have a catastrophe, the data is simply gone. You know that feeling — you just lost six years of family photos. Your kids being born, their first birthdays, their first everything. The answer to this is consistent and regular backups, placed on a schedule and handled automatically by your computer.
CCC 3.0 features a new interface designed to make the cloning and backup procedure more intuitive and more responsive. Users have better control over what gets backed up, and are provided with detailed information about the progress of their backup. In addition to general backup, CCC can also clone one hard drive to another, copying every single block or file to create an exact replica of your source hard drive. CCC’s block-level copy offers the absolute best fidelity in the industry!
Among the new features are:
- Support for block-level disk-to-disk clones.
- Synchronization built-in, not bolted on.
- Support for backing up across the network to another Macintosh.
- Advanced scheduling capabilities — Backup tasks can now be scheduled on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis, or you can indicate that a backup task should run when the backup device is attached (e.g. an iPod).
- CCC recognizes iPods specifically, allowing time for the iPod:iTunes synchronization to complete.
- The ability to drill down into folders to select exactly what gets copied and what doesn’t (you can drill down indefinitely).
- Built-in software update feature notifies you when updates are available.
Carbon Copy Cloner is now available as a Universal binary. As with previous versions, Carbon Copy Cloner is labeled “Uncrippled shareware”