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Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.3

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Just in time to create bootable backup of your Mac before updating to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Bombich Software has released Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.3 with support for Apple’s new surfing-themed operating system. The update also adds advice about enabling full disk encryption while going through the encryption steps (as well as to the documentation), addresses a problem that Carbon Copy Cloner had with network volumes using a short user name, fixes a Mavericks-specific issue with the list of items to be copied, ensures that the “silently skip” backup option is respected, and fixes a couple of issues involving Drobo devices. ($39.95 new, free update, 10.9 MB, release notes)

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Install OS X 10.9 Mavericks on your Mac easily and learn what to do immediately after you install with Joe Kissell’s expert help, informed by countless test installs! Find essential advice on problem prevention, prepping your disk, and picking the best installation method. Joe also covers troubleshooting techniques, and what to do if your “upgrade” is a new Mac.

 

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