Carbon Copy Cloner has been upgraded to version 6 and it is worth every cent of the upgrade price. The upgrade turns CCC into the most secure version of the cloning, backup and basic offloading application on the Mac. It all starts with what Bombich calls their next-generation file copier that ensures faster backups, partly due to the app now leveraging the macOS FSEvents for quick updates to the destination.
I’ve never had the idea CCC was slow, but the speed increase of the new file copying system is noticeable and if you’re waiting for a backup to finish, it guarantees one frustration less. Version 6 comes with a task preview that shows the changes CCC is going to make before making them. It’s a security annex efficiency feature that guarantees you won’t be surprised by the time a backup takes or the files that get overwritten or changed if you don’t activate SafetyNet.
A new scheduling option allows you to throw Time Machine in the bin. CCC 6 can run a backup task when files are modified on the source and respects backupd exceptions. That’s in addition to all the other ways you can backup your content. So, for example, you might set up the new scheduling option to backup to a permanently connected NAS, while scheduling backups to other media on a weekly basis.
Other improvements revolve around data security and ensuring the backup is exactly the same as the source. The first of this category of features is the visual comparison of source and destination, while a more deep-level new feature is the backup audit in the Task History. The latter includes a list of transactions you can check.
Version 6 also sports advanced file verification at the end of a backup task that gives you an opportunity to verify files on the source and destination independently against a hash that was recorded when the file was last copied.
These integrity checks and verifications allow you to use CCC 6 as a basic image or video footage offloader. It’s basic because it doesn’t offer all the niceties apps like ShotPut Pro and Hedge deliver, but it does create exact copies, which is what you use an offloading app for in the first place.
Yet other new features and improvements include a Snapshot Navigator that offers an easy way to explore older versions of files, per-task control over the file copier’s CPU usage, and the ability to temporarily pause a backup task.
Except for several ways to check whether backed up files are identical to those on the source, CCC 6 also gives you a lot more information about your source and destination volumes by clicking on the source or destination selector. You’ll get to see extensive information about the selected volume, using coloured labels and nice graphics.
Many of the features you used to take a trip to the menubar for are now located in context menus for the source and destination volumes. Other functionality is found in the extensive toolbar. Restoring from a CCC 6 backup is more powerful than it was with version 5 and the improved Task Filter offers support for respecting macOS “backupd” exclusions (those defined for Time Machine).
There’s a lot more even, which takes me to my only point of criticism: after having used version 5 for a good number of years, I needed to consult the user guide several times. The deeper or initially hidden levels of CCC 6 are not always obvious from staring at the starting screen and the much improved Tips can’t always help you with those either.