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Duplicate file finder?


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#1 Emankcin

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 04:08 AM

I tried to search, but kept getting answers for malware and infections. What I am looking for is simple. I very likely have some files on my hard drive, and the same files on another location of the drive. I know if I try to move a file into a folder that already has that file, or file with that name, it will warn me and allow me to compare the files by size. Is there a program there that allows me to find all my potential dupes, so that I may evaluate and delete the extras, clearing some space. If not already in windows, can someone maybe point me to a reliable free program that will allow me all that, but won't infect me with anything either. Thanks.



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 09:01 AM

I am not an expert that's for sure but I do know from experiance that deleting a duplicate file can be dangerous.

Just be careful if you do that.



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 04:21 PM

Best Free Duplicate File Remover
File Comparison Utilities
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Posted 16 November 2014 - 06:37 PM

Plumber- I assure you that this won't be dangerous for my computer. These are non-essential picture and video files, like .jpg, and .mp4.



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 07:01 PM

Thanks Quietman, I shall check these out. Clear out some much needed space, then figure out why Skyrim won't launch.



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 07:26 PM

These are various utilities to investigate what folders/files are taking up space on a hard drive.



Some of the tools allow you drill down into specific subfolders in order to see exactly what is going on. Most are available for download as stand-alone applications which you can just unzip, use and delete when done if you do not want to keep them. I personally like the first four but generally use TreeSizeFree the most because it allows you to click and drill down very easily.


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Posted 16 November 2014 - 08:23 PM

Hey, cool. Thanks. On a slightly unrelated note, can you tell me how to remove permissions from a satellite drive in order to delete a non-functioning Windows from it? A friend gave me his broken computer, and I salvaged the hard drive. I am trying to delete the unnecessary files from it, without formatting it, since I have a bunch of movies on it already. But it tells me that I am not allowed to do so. Even though I am the admin.



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Posted 25 December 2014 - 06:42 AM

Duplicate files are always a concern for Professionals and Every day user , i normall found a lot of duplicate files on my Pc and One day i try to figure out how many files i have it went in thousands ,

the best way is to delete files one by one , i spend three days and just deleted around 50 files , yesterday i downloaded DuplicateFilesDeleter and tried it , it gave me all the options to sort and select my files and give me comprehensive way to deal with this issue



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Posted 25 December 2014 - 11:11 AM

DuplicateFilesDeleter is a trial version...then you have to pay for a license. There are ample free alternatives.
Using CCleaner: Finding Duplicate Files
Using DupScout to Find Duplicate Files
Find duplicate files with Auslogics Duplicate File Finder

Best Free Duplicate File Remover <- I already noted this link above
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Posted 25 December 2014 - 01:39 PM

Hey, cool. Thanks. On a slightly unrelated note, can you tell me how to remove permissions from a satellite drive in order to delete a non-functioning Windows from it? A friend gave me his broken computer, and I salvaged the hard drive. I am trying to delete the unnecessary files from it, without formatting it, since I have a bunch of movies on it already. But it tells me that I am not allowed to do so. Even though I am the admin.

 

Eman..I have found this method invaluable in the past for "taking ownership" of entire files and folders http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-take-ownership-to-explorer-right-click-menu-in-vista/



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Posted 25 December 2014 - 03:20 PM


CAUTION: The above step involves making changes in the Windows registry. Always Create a New Restore Point and back up your registry before making any changes.
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Posted 29 March 2016 - 06:23 AM

You have replied to a two year old topic and the OP has not been back since then.
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