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     LHiggins 2 weeks, 1 day ago.

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    • #1762412 Reply

      LHiggins
      AskWoody Plus

      I am looking for a free duplicate file finder program for my Win 7 laptop. I came across AllDup at the OlderGeeks.com site and wondered if anyone had experience using it – or if you have another to recommend. I have a lot of duplicate files that are taking up space on my hard drive and I am looking for an “easy” way to locate the duplicates and decide if I need both copies or if one can be deleted.

      Thanks so much!

      LH

    • #1762631 Reply

      Berton
      AskWoody_MVP

      There are several “download free” sources for such a program but generally those free trials are limited on how many total files they can work with.  The one I use is such a program but I purchased it for my main computer, Easy Duplicate Finder.  It is quite handy as it can be set to ignore the file names themselves, work more with content.  Since DOS there has always been a restriction that a Folder/Directory cannot contain 2 or more files of the exact same name and extension such as myfile.txt.  A very basic way is to plug in an External USB drive of sufficient capacity, create a Folder on it with an appropriate name like [duh] Duplicates then Copy or Move all like files [same subject like Pictures].  The aforementioned limitation will apply but the process is time-consuming.

       

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      • #1762726 Reply

        LHiggins
        AskWoody Plus

        Great! Thanks for the lead to Easy Duplicate Finder. I will look into it!

        Thanks so much for the tip about saving the duplicates to a thumb drive, too. I was hoping to be able to evaluate the duplicates and decide which to keep or delete – and this seems like a good way to do that and not lose anything before I can look at both.

        Thanks again for the help!

    • #1762632 Reply

      NetDef
      AskWoody_MVP

      I’m a big fan of https://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk/duplicatecleaner.html

      The free version has enough features exposed to be perfectly useful for most home users.

      ~ Group "Weekend" ~

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      • #1762727 Reply

        LHiggins
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks so much for the link – I will check it out. The free version sounds like what I’d need.

        Thanks again!!

    • #1762746 Reply

      LHiggins
      AskWoody Plus

      And one other question – will either of these programs show the location of the files when it finds duplicates? Over time I have made several backup folders and that is where the duplicates “should” be found, but I would want to keep the ones in the original files and move/delete the duplicates found in other locations. So, I would want to be able to see where the duplicates are found.

      Thanks!

      • #1762760 Reply

        NetDef
        AskWoody_MVP

        Location by path: yes. Also can sort by date if different. Groups each set of duplicates together. Some ability to automatically remove based on rulesets.

        ~ Group "Weekend" ~

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        • #1762800 Reply

          LHiggins
          AskWoody Plus

          Sounds great – thanks! I’ll check it out as both of those sound like they’d be helpful in what I am trying to do! Thanks again!!

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