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how to find duplicate files and organize data

Greetings. I need to organize various kinds of files, photo-, movie, HD, documents, etc.. across several external drives and on my MBP. I am wondering if anyone can suggest a good program for helping me find, eliminate and organize duplicates etc?

also back up and restore?

many thanks
MBP 2.66, i7 1tbhd

Eric

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Two possibilities at least

In reply to: how to find duplicate files and organize data

For cloning my internal HD onto an external drive, I use Intego's Personal Backup. My internal HD has indeed died after I made a clone the previous day, so I could work off the external drive w/o problems for a couple of weeks. When my new drive arrived and was installed, I just cloned the external drive back to the internal one with the software. Saved my life.

Another option, which I actually use for duplicating external music and photo drive partitions on to another external drive, is Carbon Copy Cloner. Recommended. You end up w/ an exact copy of your partition in the destination drive, byte by byte.

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Not sure how this addresses the problem

In reply to: Two possibilities at least

as described by the original poster.

The problem is that they have produced duplicates over the course of time, on multiple external drives, and needs to be able to find and remove these duplicates.

Cloning the drives, including the internal, does not address this problem.

Finding duplicates is not all that easy as there could be many copies of a file, all with different creation dates, modified dates and even names, that would not get found during a search, even a manual one.

For Fishfilmmaker1, take a look at this piece of software which claims to find duplicate files based on content.

http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/system_disk_utilities/araxisfindduplicatefiles.html

Let us know how you get on

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thx

In reply to: Not sure how this addresses the problem

I am looking for the same program to find duplicate files, and thank you for your recommendation which is very helpful to me, mrmacfixit.

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