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#1 aussiedogs

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 06:17 PM

While looking for something to speed up my older xp system I found the AllDup link in your freeware topic. I downloaded and ran it. It says that I have 59% or 98531 duplicate files on my computer.
To me, the word duplicate indicates exact copies, but this seems like an awful lot of copies of the same files in what is supposed to be a logical system. So the question is, is it safe to delete them or do I have a different idea of what duplicate means here? I have not yet allowed it to remove anything yet. I have run the malware, defragged and cc clean. Still slow.
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#2 hamluis

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 06:46 PM

There are good reasons for duplicate copies of files on a system.

Any program installed may install a duplicate of a file that a different program uses. If that file is not in the location in which that program placed it, it's highly unlikely that the program will have the capability to search the entire system, looking for the expected file.

A user removing duplicate files that are anything other than duplicates of data files...is asking for trouble, IMO.

I have tons of duplicate files...but they are all music or graphics or video files which I have created intentionally.

A partition/hard drive may possibly become too full...but removing duplicate files needed by programs...isn't the solution to that.

FWIW: I believe that freeware list is not meant to be an endorsement of any of those programs, it's merely provided as a courtesy for members who are looking for a given type of program.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 06:53 PM

Not to mention, that sometimes, files get corrupted and having some replacement files, especially, when it comes to system files, may be crucial.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 07:00 PM

Thank you, I thought there must be a reason to have them if there were so many.
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