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TrueCrypt alternative needed to be shared between Windows and Mac machines

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HI

I have been using TrueCrypt to encrypt container on usb drive with ntfs file system on the laptop Windows 7 Pro and Windows pc  Windows 7 Pro of my client. All working perfect. However, my customer added Mac Yosemite OS to the mix recently. I was able to get truecrypt working with automounting like on Windows machines. Nevertheless, it was only read-only usb volumes on Mac. So I managed to install Ntfs-3G driver and got the usb disk with write/read access. But Truecrypt won't mount the encrypted container at all now. It is just sitting there frozen.
So I need alternative to be working in similar way to Truecrypt. To make it is I will explain what I need to achieve:
I need to have data on the laptop and PC to be synced to the usb so the usb disk has the latest versions of the files and can be taken to either of the 3 machines: PC, laptop or Mac. I am using Syncback on Windows machines for syncing. Didn't try it on Mac yet as the encrypted container didn't mount.
I was thinking of getting Cubby Pro subscription and use Direct Sync but it would mean that the data would transmitted through their servers outside of UK which is not allowed in this industry.

I know that truecrypt is not longer being developed so hopefully there is way around it to achieve my goal.

Thank you
Tom
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Just use the exFAT file system, so both the PC and Mac can write to the drive.
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by:serialband
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TrueCrypt has forked to VeraCrypt

There's TrueCrypt Next or TCnext https://truecrypt.ch/

There's also ciphershed https://ciphershed.org/
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by:Rich Rumble
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It's forked to many projects, the main support seems to actually be with CipherShed, this fork is where the actual development is being done for the former TC code. Now if you want a truly universal solution, switch out the USB's to hardware encryption:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=usb%20keypad%20drive
If your still keen on TC containers, you should use exFat as mentioned above. Note that CipherShed is alpha code, it's not supported and has had many changes since TC ceased to be: https://ciphershed.org/pre-alpha-testing-started/
-rich
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by:Tom Skowyrski
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Thank you for all the suggestions. I am going to go for exFAT
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by:serialband
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Are you forgoing encryption?  exFAT is not encrypted.
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by:Tom Skowyrski
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I thought of creating the encrypted container which will have the volume formatted in exFAT and the original USB will be exFAT as well. DIDNT try it yet. Let me give it a go in VMware and come back to you
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by:Tom Skowyrski
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Haha, bugger. I can only have FAT32 with Truecrypt but not exFAT. I assume this will work too.
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by:Rich Rumble
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Fat32 will work for the base format, and the TC container can be held on that.
-rich
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