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Duplicate File Removal


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#1 sceadugenga

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 10:11 PM

I have a large number of duplicate files... think tens of thousands.

 

I need a free program to hunt them down and remove them,

 

Not: http://www.duplicatecleaner.com/

 

Or: CCleaner



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Posted 05 August 2015 - 08:29 AM

I use Duplicate File Finder. It works well and unlike some others I tried it actually shows you the photos instead of just the names. Granted one can click on the file name to see the photo but I like seeing side by side.

You enable Preview and when highlighting an entry the duplicates will be pictured.

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 10:22 AM

Be very, very careful when you use software like these. Most of them will delete files that you need to repair a program or even Windows System Files. So if you use it, make sure that the files you delete are all within folders you control and you know (Documents, Pictures, Movies, Desktop, etc.) and not in Program Files, ProgramData, Windows, AppData, etc. otherwise you can easily break your system that way.

Personally I wouldn't use them.

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 02:45 PM

My edit time has expired, sorry for the double post. I Googled "duplicate file finder" and ended up on LifeHacker's article about dupeGuru which they recommend. Installed it on a fresh Windows 7 SP1 x64 VM and scanned my whole drive, here's the result:

Article: http://lifehacker.com/the-best-duplicate-file-finder-for-windows-1696492476
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I can guarantee you that if I delete all these detections I'll have to clean install Windows. Hence why you must be careful when using such software.

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 10:05 PM

Thanks for the info, I certainly use this type of software in separate folders and never let it near my main drive.

 

I couldn't work out Duplicate File Finder but found DupeGuru simple and easy to use.



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Posted 06 August 2015 - 05:15 AM

As long as you're sure to not delete any files that belongs to programs or Windows, then it should be fine.

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Posted 06 August 2015 - 07:24 AM

I only use Duplicate File Finder for my pictures.
Good program for finding those duplicates.

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Posted 10 August 2015 - 08:02 PM

My edit time has expired, sorry for the double post. I Googled "duplicate file finder" and ended up on LifeHacker's article about dupeGuru which they recommend. Installed it on a fresh Windows 7 SP1 x64 VM and scanned my whole drive, here's the result:

Article: http://lifehacker.com/the-best-duplicate-file-finder-for-windows-1696492476
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I can guarantee you that if I delete all these detections I'll have to clean install Windows. Hence why you must be careful when using such software.

 

I had to clean up my Dad's computer which had thousands of duplicates, so I used that program.  I found it pretty good.  It's best used in specific folders where you have an idea of where duplicates are likely to be (Downloads, Pictures, Documents for example).  It's not likely to be appropriate to just scan the "C" drive!

 

The directory compare function is useful also (it was in his case anyway) as he had two "Documents" folders with many duplicates due to an attempt to move it to another drive in the past which somehow went wrong.  So yes, take care, but they can be useful.


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Posted 10 August 2015 - 08:03 PM

I would use Winmerge for issues where you think you have two folders or files with the same content.

http://winmerge.org/?lang=en

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Posted 10 August 2015 - 08:16 PM

I'll have a look thanks :)  Looks quite technical.


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Posted 10 August 2015 - 08:17 PM

Our developpers use it at work, and I used it a few times in the past after big copy/paste jobs failed and I wanted to know what files I was missing :)

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Posted 10 August 2015 - 08:32 PM

Thanks for your continued support, I'll check them out.


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Posted 10 August 2015 - 08:33 PM

No problem, you're welcome :)

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 10:20 AM

QueenEvie, did youse all say to drop DuplicateCleaner? If so, I sure will do so! Where is best place to get Duplicate File Finder? Google gave me several DFF, which is the one you all recommend?

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Posted 29 November 2015 - 07:23 AM

i also need to find out how to remove dublicated files






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