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Old 10-05-11, 09:45 AM
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Duplicate file finder?

I need to do some cleanup on a network drive (not a local drive!) and I would like to find a program that:

- scans through the entire network drive
- finds all duplicate files
- allows me to delete the duplicates based on criteria (age, file format, file location,...)
- ideally free

I know there are tons of apps out there (just google it, you see what I mean), but I am looking for someone with some actual experience with a program like this.

Did you like it?
Did it do what it said it would?
Can it work on a network drive?
Did it delete the files you wanted (and only those files)?

Kind thanks for your suggestions.
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Old 10-05-11, 03:01 PM
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Re: Duplicate file finder?

diskstate will do it
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Old 10-05-11, 04:16 PM
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Re: Duplicate file finder?

^That download manager makes me a little nervous.

Try CloneSpy:
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Old 10-05-11, 07:24 PM
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Re: Duplicate file finder?

I use Duplicate Cleaner.

Freeware. It says it works on network drives, I've only used it locally.

It can search multiple folders and subfolders, you can also exclude folders.

Can filter by type (inclusive and exclusive), size, and create or modified date.

Will match based on any combination of name, date, size, content*, or artist/title/album tags.

*Content match can be byte-by-byte, or various hash check options.

I haven't used it but it has a "fuzzy" text match option to match similar text documents.

Will optionally protect system folders and/or dll and EXE from match removal. Also has options on how to treat hardlinks, NTFS mounts, etc.

Interface is fine. It works pretty fast.

It also has a selection assistant that will let you keep the newest/oldest, smallest, largest, and only one of each dupe, etc. You can also use this to pick a path and say keep files in this path and mark matching dups for removal.

You can delete, delete to bin, rename, move or create hardlinks for selected duplicates.

Up to date and active. I've only been using it 6 months or so and it's had one update in that time.
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Old 10-08-11, 09:20 PM
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Re: Duplicate file finder?

FolderMatch. It's an older review, but the program has just been updated over the years. Very stable. I use it on my home network about once every 6 months.
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Old 02-26-14, 07:00 PM
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Re: Duplicate file finder?

I have been using this one for years and like it a lot. The reason I personally like it is it will do byte for byte comparison to find true duplicates...not just looking at file size, modify time, etc.
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Old 03-10-14, 01:08 PM
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Re: Duplicate file finder?

I use for this kind of tasks.

One of the disadvantage is that it chooses the files to delete. I modified the code a little bit so that
I can choose which file to delete, but when there are lots of duplicate files, it is quite cumbersome to
specify manually which copy to delete...
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Old 03-10-14, 03:36 PM
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Re: Duplicate file finder?

SlimCleanerFree also has a duplicate file finder in its suite of optimization abilities. Beware when downloading any program of the sneaky inclusion of toolbars and other trash you don't want or need.
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