Pictures Duplicated in My Pictures folders

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Music, Pictures and Video' started by George, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. George

    George Guest

    Why are some of my pictures duplicated in the folders of My Pictures?
    Acturally it has happened to alot of the pictures. Some of the pictures have
    the same exact names, and others have name (1), or copy of name (1).

    Did Vista Business duplicate my pictures? Is this a flaw or something? Is
    this correctable, or do I have to go and delete 1,000's of pictures to free
    up my hard drive?

    Any ideas on how to correct it?

    George, Aug 10, 2007
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    Paul Ballou Guest

    Paul Ballou, Aug 10, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    Are the duplicates of files files that you have edited with Windows Photo
    Gallery? If so, open Photo Gallery, and in the menu, choose File > Options.
    Under the section Original Picture, you can set it to have the original
    picture deleted after a certain amount of time.
    dean-dean, Aug 10, 2007
  4. George

    George Guest

    No, I have not edited the files. It is as if 100's of files have been
    duplicated. I don't know why.
    George, Aug 10, 2007
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    John Inzer Guest

    The ones that say...copy of xxxxx.jpg...are
    generated when you try to multiple select.

    It happens occasionally to most anyone who
    is trying to multiple select by holding the Ctrl
    or Shift key while left clicking to select the
    image files.

    The copies are created when you fail to
    completely release the mouse button before
    you move the pointer to another file. If a group
    of selected files is dragged...even the slightest
    bit...releasing the mouse button will produce
    copies of all the previously highlighted files.

    A search for copy of should find the unwanted
    copies so you can delete them.


    John Inzer
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    Proceed at your own risk
    John Inzer, Aug 10, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    In the past, did you change the location of the Pictures folder, from the
    default path? That is ,from C:\Users\You\Pictures to another drive, or to
    another spot under C:\? If so, did you try to move it back to the default
    location, or move it somewhere else, possibly?
    dean-dean, Aug 10, 2007
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    George Guest

    Is there an easy way to search the drive so I can delete them? It is a slow
    process going through all the folders in the my pictures. I have tried using
    the wild card
    *(1).jpg and putting that in the name field, but it doesn not work.

    All the pictures have names that end in (1).jpg

    There is a space before the (1).jpg so a picture file may be something like
    DSC02052 (1).jpg

    George, Aug 11, 2007
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    Dave Guest

    Have you tried searching for
    " (1).jpg"

    Dave, Aug 11, 2007
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    George Guest


    I get the original picture and the picture that ends in (1).jpg. For
    example if the original picture is DSC02125.jpg and the copy is DSC02125
    Both are coming up in the search.
    George, Aug 12, 2007
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    Dave Guest

    It appears that searching for (1) is a problem, because the () is used as to
    contain a Boolean operation.
    (big little)
    will search for instances of "big" or "little"
    therefore, searching for (1) will return all files with a "1" in the

    I don't know how to get around this.... perhaps the file names have
    something else in common?
    Dave, Aug 12, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    Too, when transferring pictures to your computer from your camera, are you
    then deleting the pictures from the cameras memory card (by formatting it,
    or whatever)? If not, you may be transferring the same pictures repeatedly.
    dean-dean, Aug 12, 2007
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    George Guest

    Is there a way to get around this, by searching for "(1).jpg" or something
    like this?

    George, Aug 13, 2007
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