Windows Live Mesh is one of those programs that’s great when it works, but can be lots of trouble if something fails. This is doubly true for the OS X version.
I’ve had some trouble recently with getting Windows Live Mesh working again on a MacBook Pro after I cloned the hard drive. For some reason, it just didn’t sync back up properly. I wrote a post several days ago on completely reinstalling Windows Live Mesh on OS X, which can be a pain in itself. But even after the reinstall, I was still experiencing problems.
Windows Live Mesh would connect, but would get stuck showing Processing or Talking to Server. I tried removing folders from the sync, but even this produced an error: Could not stop syncing. What?!?
Some blogs I found suggest this problem can be traced to a very large sync folder clogging up the pipes. Although I can certainly see how this might be a problem, this was not my issue. As a matter of fact, I have a folder that’s over 35gb with about 23,000 items that’s syncing just fine.
For me the issue was that I tried to sync all my folders at once instead of one at a time. I think I confused the poor little Microsoft product. So, I completely reinstalled Windows Live Mesh (again), then added the folders one at a time, making sure that each folder was completely synced before adding the next one. Voila. Hope this helps someone.