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I have a couple usb thumb drives that I use on both a Windows desktop and my Macbook. I want to be able to sync the files from the usb drive(s) with corresponding folders on my Macbook (i.e. one folder for usb stick #1, another folder for stick #2, etc.).

I started out trying to use Carbon Copy Cloner... but apparently it only works with drives that are formatted in HFS+ (OS X native), and it won't touch the FAT32 formatted thumb drives. I can't/won't change the formatting on them as that would render them unusable with Windows.

Any suggestions as to what to try now?



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Synkron would be best-suited for this. I use it daily to sync between my Mac and a Windows share. CCC wouldn't work because it prefers to preserve all OS X metadata only available on an HFS+ filesystem, not FAT32. Synkron only worries about the main data in the files, and does not preserve anything. Thus, it is not good for backing up an entire OS X installation, but good for syncing files. From Synkron's website:

Synkron is an application for folder synchronisation that allows you to configure your synchronisations in detail. Despite having many features, the user interface of Synkron is very user-friendly and easy to use.

Synkron screenshot

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I downloaded Synkron and it seems to fit the bill... plus the price is right and it has the added plus of running on a PC, even in PortableApp form. Not part of the original question, but definitely something useful to me. – memilanuk Sep 9 '10 at 19:08

Try these

1) ArRsync

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2) ChronoSync

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