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Help find duplicated photos, files, etc.

by Sharon Anthony / November 17, 2006 10:57 AM PST

I have somehow made extra copies of photos, and other items. How do I find them without knowing what I am looking for? I use WinXP sp2
Thanks for the help!

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Help find duplicate photos, files, etc.
by BaldSpot / November 17, 2006 1:43 PM PST

A quickie way to detect duplicate in the same directory (folder) is to sort by file size.

If you think you have duplicate files scattered about your hard drive, then you may want to consider one of the following:

NoClone finds duplicates by performing a byte-to-byte comparison of files. This program worked great for tracking down and deleting duplicate digital photos on my hard drive. You can also use this one to de-dupe files over a network. (Shareware/Windows)

Directory Report 19 quickly catalogs large drives and lets you sort by several different criteria to find which files you need and which are duplicates. This one is my favorite because you can also easily print directories for hands-on comparisons and export to Excel to view in a spreadsheet format. (Shareware/Windows)

FolderMatch lets you compare the contents of two folders on any drive, even CDs. Use this one to sync between hard drives, computers, or your laptop. It also offers a helpful wizard to guide you through the process.

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Re: duplicates
by Kees Bakker / November 17, 2006 11:19 PM PST


Although there is a lot of free software to help you (some is shown above, have a look at if you want to have more choice) you can try the manual way also.

Use the find/search feature in Windows Explorer and search for, say, *.jpg (pictures) on your c:-drive. Sort the results on filename or file size. Scroll down the list to identify potential duplicates. Right click to delete.

If there's a lot you need to do, dedicated software is easier, of course. But it takes some time to select the right tool and find out how it works.

Anyway, it's good to keep your computer clean.


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