Does Carbon Copy Cloner work with Windows?

“Can Carbon Copy cloner clone Windows drives? If it can’t, does anyone know of an alternative to Carbon Copy Cloner for Windows? Any suggestions are welcome.”

What is Carbon Copy Cloner?

Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC), is a Mac OS X application that can be used for creating file backups, complete images of your computer, or for cloning hard drives. In Carbon Copy Cloner, you can backup either a whole drive or part of the drive to an external hard drive at a scheduled time of your choosing (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, etc.).

What’s more, CCC has a smart update function, which means that you only have to update the newly added or modified files. With CCC you can create bootable backups and boot from your backup if the disaster strikes your hard disk.

CCC

Shortcomings: CCC still has a few disadvantages in both its backup and clone aspects. Its Backup option doesn’t include any encryption or compression options and the clone function doesn’t allow you to only clone the system drive.

However, CCC is so popular. Why: Anyway, up until now, CCC has been considered one of the best pieces of backup software for Mac, as it suits both beginners and IT technicians by providing two modes: simple and advanced.

From above, you may already know that Carbon Copy Cloner does not work with Windows. It’s ONLY for Mac. Thus, Many users wonder whether there’s backup software similar to Carbon Copy Cloner but built for Windows. Of course there is, but there’s a lot of ‘magic’ backup software on the internet to search through so I’ll show you one of the best alternatives to Carbon Copy Cloner for Windows.

Carbon Copy Cloner Windows Alternative

AOMEI Backupper is a piece of comprehensive backup software similar to Carbon Copy Cloner but designed for Windows users. It can help you backup files, partitions, disks, system and clone partitions, and much more.

AOMEI Backupper features:

  • It allows you to create incremental backups or differential backups, that only back up files that have been added or modified;

  • It can help you to create a bootable media which allows you to boot your computer and restore it to a previous backup.

  • You can backup to multiple locations, including: a different local hard drive, external hard drives, removable devices like USB drives, or share on NAS (network attached storage), and even backup files to cloud drives!

  • AOMEI Backupper is an intuitive and easy to use program, if you are beginner you can use either AOMEI Backupper Standard Edition or AOMEI Backupper Professional Edition. If you’re IT technician or work in business, you can use AOMEI Backupper Technician Edition or AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus and If you’re a Windows server user, you can use AOMEI Backupper Server Edition.

Unlike Carbon Copy, AOMEI Backupper provides you with the chance to create a system migration or disk migration backup, which can be used to replace a corrupted or damaged hard drive in the future. Or if you prefer, you can use it as the boot drive without first restoring your system. However, before you boot from the cloned disk, you will need to enter the BIOS and change the boot priority, so that the bootable media is first.

In other words, AOMEI Backupper is one of the closest Windows programs to Carbon Copy Cloner.

How do you create a backup with Carbon Copy for Windows?

Below, I’ll take system backup as an example and show you how to create a backup. You can start with the intuitive interface.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Professional Edition, install, and launch it.

Step 2. Click Backup and System Backup. Also, you can click File Backup, Partition Backup, and Disk Backup.

System Backup

Step 3. Select the destination path for your backup. The system partition and boot related partition will be selected by default.

Select Backup Destination

Step 5. Click Backup Options and then tick “Enable encryption for backups” under the General tab. To compress backup, go to Advanced and select a compression level.

Enable Encryption for Backups

Step 6. Click Start Backup if there is no problem.

Then, you could restore the system if your computer runs into a serious issue. If your computer is unbootable, you need to create a bootable media on another working computer.

How to clone Windows drives with Carbon Copy Cloner Alternative?

Besides, AOMEI Backupper is still a trust and reliable clone software, which allows you to clone the entire hard drive or only OS for Windows 7/8/10.

See below and start with the detailed steps.

Step 1. Open AOMEI Backupper Professional and click System Clone under the Clone tab.

Choose System Clone

Step 2. Select a destination disk to save the content of system drive. You do not need to select the source disk, because AOMEI Backupper Professional will automatically select it and you may omit the hidden partition containing the boot manager and boot files that are related to boot your computer.

Select Destination Disk

Step 3. Click OK at the warning message window. If you don’t have a backup for your important data, you could click Cancel and backup data first.

Backup Data First

Step 4. Preview the summary of both disks and click Start Clone.

Note:

  • Tick "SSD Alignment" if your target drive is SSD disk. It could accelerate the reading and writing speed of SSDs and prolong its lifetime.

  • Click Edit Partitions and select “Copy without resizing partitions”, “Add unused space to all partitions” or “Manually adjust partition size” if you are cloning disk to larger disk. With this feature, you could fix the cloned hard drive shows wrong size.

Wrapping things up

Speaking of Carbon Copy Cloner Windows Alternative, AOMEI Backupper will be one of the closest software. It’s not only a backup software but also a disk cloning software.

With this software, you could do what Carbon Copy Cloner can and cannot. For example, you can use AOMEI Backupper to backup files at daily, weekly, monthly, encrypt and compress your backup, clone system, etc.

Want to know more about AOMEI Backupper, you can download it and try for yourself. This version only supports several computers, you could consider using AOMEI Backupper Tech or TechPlus if you want to protect and recover unlimited system.