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How can you tell if a file has dependents?

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#1 Slim Nelson

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 01:13 PM

Does anyone know of a great tool that can tell if there are files out of a folder that have programs that depend on them?

For example:
I dabble in music production and have a very large amount of sounds & recordings in a folder. The folder is 34.2gb in size and I can guarantee that only about half of those files are ever used. I would like to delete all the unused files, but safely.

Even further example:
Say my folder has 100 sounds and recordings in it. I have 1 music project. My 1 music project loads 25 of those 100 sounds when it is opened. ( Software > Software File > Uses 25/100 sounds )
There will be 75 sound files that are not being used at all. The only way to know is to go through them all, if it was really 100, I wouldn't mind spending a half an hour sorting them out but in my case, there are 2,562 sound files and who knows how many projects that depend on those files. So I can't just open up 1 project, delete all the sounds/recordings until prompt says ones are currently being used by another program because when I go to open another project, I would have deleted ones that, that project needs.

So, I am hoping someone knows of an easier way to separate the used and unused files within a folder so I can delete the unused files safely.


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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 06:38 PM

I'm sorry, but I don't know of any way to separate out these files, and to quote your 'Even further example', unless Project 2 is also open, you won't get an indication that the files are in use.


Let us be pessimistic and say that 1500 of these files have never been used - that doesn't mean you might not want one of them tomorrow !  Unless you are seriously short of hard drive space I would suggest keeping them. After all, in today's terms, 34 Gb is not an awful lot of storage space. I just looked at my music folder, and it's 64 GB, and I still have 160 Gb free on that drive.


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