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Duplicate file cleaner

By learninmypc
Jan 25, 2016
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  1. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    I have had interest in the same question from time to time.
    No personal experience with these, but...
    For Photos specifically, check this article.
    For files more generally, check this article.
    or check this page.
    Please, let me know what works well for you.
     
  2. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 6,615   +336

    I'll check them out in the morning with a clear head, thank you :)
     
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  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 6,615   +336

    Thanks @B00kWyrm , I'm bookmarking this thread for future use. :)
     
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  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,348   +622

    I hate these things - - they typically don't understand the difference between a real file and any shortcuts to it (aka link and/or symlink).
    They usually show up as duplicates and you can't tell, so deleting one may actually delete the original real file.
     
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  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 6,615   +336

    Very good point. Originally I was going to the individual folder(s) I had the pics in & deleting the dupes that way , that is why I thought a program might be better. Think I'll go back to the folders, may be slower, but probably better. Thank you. :)
     
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,348   +622

    Go to the folder in question, click on the column heading "type". Short cuts will be near the bottom and files will usually be above.
    HOWEVER,
    • this is a per folder choice and a real dup of FILEA.jpg would show up as FILEA(1).jpg or Copy of FileA.jpg
    • it does not find dups across folders.
    Let's create another choice by this example:
    Assume we start in \users\ME\my documents and we have subfolders of A,B,C

    Navigate to \users\ME\my documents in the File Explorer window (not the command line)
    Notice just under the Mix,Max,Quit icons in the window frame is a text box with the magnifying glass.
    place a file name (eg *.jpg) in the box and hit enter

    you get a list of JPGs from the current dir and all subdirs (A,B,C).
    to find any dups, in the Search Results window, click on the column heading Name

    the results are sorted by name.
    • Shortcut files are shown in the name itself
    • the path to each file is in the far righ-hand column
    you can delete directly from the Results window
     
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 6,615   +336

    Ok, let me clarify something because what you say in the previous post don't show on my pc. The "individual folders" I mentioned are ones I myself created, for instance 2015-04 = April of 2015 & so on. In the folders, it either shows a number in () or in some cases it says dupes.
    This all started when I first started saving my pictures, it would save them all everytime, now it just saves the ones it don't have. Very confusing I know :confused:
     
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,348   +622

    So the 'dup' is a folder name?
     
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 6,615   +336

    No, the date is the name of the folder.
     

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