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#1 shadowrider1

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Posted 22 October 2004 - 05:34 PM

I just ran Easy Cleaner 2.0 by Toni Arts and it found 4,376 duplicate files thats 866,195,463 bytes.
Is there an easy way to know which to delete? or a better cleaner to use.
Thanks for any help

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#2 Grinler

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Posted 22 October 2004 - 10:51 PM

Personally I dont believe in those types of programs. BY removing a file that may be deemed a duplicate, you may break a program that has extra functionality built in or looks for a file in a specific location.

If it checks for duplicates only by name and not other characteristics, then I would not use it.

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Posted 22 October 2004 - 10:54 PM

Can you be more specific on the folders that they are in?

If any of them belong to the OS, I would leave them alone.

If you could post a portion of it, I may be able to go through some of it.
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Posted 23 October 2004 - 05:09 PM

Jason here are a couple size type crc
c:/windows/driver cache/i386/sp2.cab 22,245,337 cabinet file 958805819
c:/windows/servicepack files/i386/sp2.cab " " "

before i downloaded sp2 i only had 950 duplicate files.
thanks Ron
woops it didnt come thru the way i typed it ,the size,type,crc are the same on both files

Edited by shadowrider1, 23 October 2004 - 05:12 PM.


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Posted 23 October 2004 - 09:09 PM

Well the file in the \driver cache\ directory is so that if you need to install a new driver it does not need to install it from the windows xp cd. So if you remove it from there, it may remove this functionaility.

The \service pack files\ are used when windows needs to reinstall a file from the latest service pack or uninstall the service pack/hotfix. I would leave it there as well.

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Posted 24 October 2004 - 08:45 AM

Well I guess i better just leave things alone, Thanks for the help.

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 09:23 AM

You must try Dupe Checker Pro. http://www.atory.com/Dupe_Checker_PRO/

It's the best duplicate files finder and disk cleaner. From the analog applications I tried (something like NoClone or DeDupe) Dupe Checker showed to me the most wanted result and stability work.

Edited by TopGun, 22 November 2004 - 09:25 AM.


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Posted 22 November 2004 - 11:09 AM

Im with Grinler on this one. You do not want to delete any files that end in cab.

If you want to do some disk cleanup, you can use the one that is in XP.

START -> My Computer -> right-click HD -> select properties -> click Disk Cleanup about 3/4 of the way down on the general tab. When you launch this application, it will calculate how much free space can be saved before it makes any changes (if you have not done this in a while, it make take a few minutes). Another screen will come up that will break down specifc catagories that you can check or uncheck. By highlighting these, you can get more information on each one, in the description box. One of the boxes that I would NOT check would be compress old files. Although I have not personally done this one, I am still a little leary on compressing from DblSpace days :thumbsup: .
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