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Make your Mac clone

Whether or not the time machine does frequent backups on your Mac is a good idea before installing macOS updates or upgrades by creating a full Copy (clone or mirror) of its contents. Carbon Copy Cloner 6 ( £29.90) may create a single clone or regular backup over or the place of a time machine, and for Mojave and older versions, previous versions function.

The method you recover a clone changed, Catalina and Big sur. It’s best to install macOS and then move out of copy rather than clones back from copy into your internal storage, and that’s the only way M1 Macs can do this. You don’t need to clone the volume of the system to conserve space, but if you want CCC may still do that.

Douze choices are available with CCC. Here you can see how best to do it, such as excluding things better copied separately and taking fast file restoration pictures. Check your clone’s work, regardless of what you select.

How can I just clone your Mac?

1 Set the volume of source

Choose Tasks in the sidebar and give the new empty backup job a name in Carbon Copy Cloner. To create the clone source, click on the Source button and choose the starting disk of your Mac, by default called Macintosh HD.

2 Place the target

Notice the space you utilize on your source, and see whether there is enough free space to store that destination volume. Click the target icon and pick the volume with sufficient free space to hold the clone.

3 Find if repeated 3

To choose the time frame, click on Automation to automatically repeat this cloning. In general, the best way to use the daily clone is to back up or remove the disk from MacBooks occasionally.

4 Details of planning

If your Mac remains operational overnight, the time to start if it’s not in use is a good idea. You may have the backup job wake or leave it until later, if it is going to sleep. You may save weekends as well.

Set of 5 items omitted

To choose things that you do not want to include in the clone, click Task Plan at the bottom of the main pane. Consider storing separate copies of large files such as virtual machines that are continuously changing during usage.

6 Advanced options Set

CCC provides many possibilities for sophisticated applications such as pre- and post-copying scripts. You may now alter the priority of your copying jobs here if you want to back up it while using your mac.

Seven Dry Run Check

Preview whether copying produces what you anticipate before the first clone is executed. Click on the preview tool and CCC will dry up and predict the precise size, without transferring any real files. Now fix all mistakes.

8 Set snapshots for source

Consider creating snapshots regularly. Click Sidebar Volumes and choose the Macintosh HD – Data or simply Data starting data volume. Connect with each duplicate of that volume for the ccc to create a snapshot.

9 Retaining snapshot

The default CCC snapshot conservation strategy should most of the time be found optimal since older snapshots may use a lot of disk space. To create your own policy, please click the Customize option but watch the area utilized.

10 The volume clone

If everything is set up, click on the task in the sidebar and use the command Run Now to create the initial clone. CCC then graphically displays its progress from the clone and the exact time estimate to complete.

11 Actions to check tasks

Click on Job History, pick the completed task and click the Task Trends Button to see a list of activities. When cloning has done Click the Start button in the main window if the job is going to recur.

12 System clone optional

If you want CCC to clone your system disk before step 7 then specify the destination to back up your system by choosing the Legacy Bootable Backup Assistant command and clicking on the icon.


Ten minutes

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You may copy files to restore


Carbon Copy Cloner 6 MacOS 10.15 or later external free-space storage