USING CARBON COPY CLONER TO BACK UP AND RESTORE FILES
ITS recommends that you create backups of all of your documents, files, and settings. Getting started with a backup regimine can be daunting, but the most important thing is not your necessarily your method, but just that you do it!
Carbon Copy Cloner can be used to create a bootable backup image of your hard drive. This image can be used to help recover from a catostrophic failure or to restore any number of files. Hourly, daily or weekly incremental backups can also be scheduled with Carbon Copy Cloner.
This document explains how to use Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) to back up and restore your files. There is also a section on setting up incremental backups and how to use the CCC image to recover from a catastrophic failure.
Carbon Copy Cloner (at the time this document was created) is a free download available here.
- Download Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) here or by visiting http://www.bombich.com.
- Download the latest version by clicking on the download link.
- After downloading CCC, double-click the download to place the Carbon Copy Cloner icon on your dekstop.
Double-click the Carbon Copy Cloner icon on your desktop and then drag the application to your Applications folder.
Carbon Copy Cloner is now installed on your computer.
- If you are backing up to an external hard drive, plug in and turn on your external hard drive. If you are backing up to your network drive, connect to your network drive.
- Select Carbon Copy Cloner from the Applications menu on your Dock.
- Once Carbon Copy Cloner is open, select your source disk. Use the Select a source drop down menu and choose Macintosh HD.
- Next, select a target disk using the Select a target drop down menu.
After selecting your Target Disk, use the drop down menu and select "Backup everything" and then click "Clone".
After selecting "Clone", you may be asked to authorize the changes by entering your administrator username and password. Enter the required information and then click "OK".
Once "OK" has been clicked, the cloning process will begin. The amount of time needed to create the image will depend on the amount of data on your hard drive.
Once the backup has been completed, you'll receive a confirmation notice. Click "OK".
- Open Carbon Copy Cloner from the Applications folder.
- Select Scheduled Tasks from the Carbon Copy Cloner menu
- Select your hard drive as the source disk and your external backup drive as your target. Use the drop down menu to select Incremental backup of selected items and then Save Task
- The Backup Task Scheduler window will appear. Set up your desired schedule and click Save. You can run the task immediately by selecting Run.
- Whether you choose to Save or Run the task, you'll be prompted for your Administrator credentials, enter them and click OK
- The task will run and you will be notified when the task has completed. Click OK. Note: If you don't want to see the notification window for the task being completed, check the option for Show this panel only when errors occur and then click OK.
To restore an entire volume or hard drive (after a catstrophic event or disk failure), boot from your external hard drive and then use Carbon Copy Cloner to restore hard drive from your backup.
- Select System Preferences from the Apple menu
- Open the Startup Disk preference, choose your backup drive as the startup disk and then click Restart
- After the computer reboots, select Carbon Copy Cloner from your Applications folder
- Select your backup drive as the source. Choose your original (or replacement) drive as the target, place a check in the box to Delete items that don't exist on the source and then click Clone
- You will receive a notification when the clone/restore process is complete. Click OK.
- Select System Preferences from your Apple menu, choose the Startup Disk preference, select your internal hard drive and then click Restart
- Once your computer restarts, your applications, preferences and user profiles will be restored
- Using Finder, browse to your backup drive
- Find the files or folder you wish to restore
- Copy the file or folder back to your hard drive
- If you wish to restore multiple files or folders, boot your computer from your backup disk
- Launch Carbon Copy Cloner. Select your backup drive as the source and your original drive as the target. Change Cloning Options: to Incremental backup of selected items
- Select files or folders to be restored on the Source Disk and then click Clone
- After the task completes, open System Preferences and select Startup Disk. Choose your original hard disk as the Startup Disk and then click Restart
- After your computer restarts, your files or folders will be restored