Safe to eliminate duplicate files?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Gerhard, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. Gerhard

    Gerhard Guest

    Safe to eliminate duplicate files?

    I wanted to eliminate duplicate files that had accumulated over time. So, I
    used Easy Duplicate Finder http://www.easyduplicatefinder.com
    (protecting however system folders and other system files
    *.sys,.*ocx,*drv,*dll) and was quite surprised by the large number of
    duplicate files.

    But perhaps these duplicates are necessary?
    I noticed, that very often the same file, e.g. windows.edb, is located in
    two locations:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows and also in
    C:\Users\AllUsers\ Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows.
    Is it safe, to delete one of them?
    Or more general, is it safe to eliminate all thus identified duplicate files
    in windows vista home premium?

    Thanks in advance, Gerhard
     
    Gerhard, Oct 3, 2008
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  2. Gerhard

    fatsteve Guest

    Why bother? What are you going to save 100kb? 2mb? 10mb? 50mb? This
    is peanuts
     
    fatsteve, Oct 3, 2008
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  3. Gerhard

    Mary Guest

    And to add to that--many so called duplicates are not real duplicates at all.
    If you delete one of those, you delete the real file as well. Files listed
    under Desktop, YourName are not actual files, just links to the real thing.
    The only files you should consider deleting are those you created
    yourself--ones you recognize and know you don't want to keep.
     
    Mary, Oct 3, 2008
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  4. Gerhard

    LesleyO Guest

    Apparently you don't know enough to know that those duplicates are not
    really duplicates. Have you not examined your own system? They are a
    duplicate *list* and form of link to the original. Your response may have
    caused this user to lose some of his original material.
     
    LesleyO, Oct 3, 2008
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  5. Gerhard

    fatsteve Guest

    Huh? My response was against searching for and deleting duplicates.
     
    fatsteve, Oct 3, 2008
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  6. Gerhard

    LesleyO Guest

    Not in a way that showed you knew anything about the fact that they weren't,
    in fact, duplicates! All you did was chide OP down about saving a "peanuts"
    amount of space. No caution about *absolutely not doing it because he would
    lose his originals*!
     
    LesleyO, Oct 4, 2008
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  7. Gerhard

    SIW2 Guest

    Hello fatsteve,

    I believe those apps. like doublekiller and the one you are using ar
    only intended to be run on folders containing your own pictures
    documents, music files, etc. If Vista decides it needs copies of files
    best let it keep them.

    A safer idea may be to keep all your personal docs, pics, etc. on
    separate partition from the operating system - any cleaning you do o
    that partition won't damage the o/s.

    Then use proper disk cleaning tools like Vista's cleanmgr.exe to kee
    the o/s partition in shape.

    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/76073-disk-cleanup.html

    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/87831-disk-cleanup-correct-shortcut-vista-64-bit.html

    Hope that helps

    SIW
     
    SIW2, Oct 4, 2008
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  8. Gerhard

    SIW2 Guest


    You may also like to try glaryutilities, free from 'Glary Utilities
    Glarysoft' (http://www.glarysoft.com) . It has a duplicate finde
    function , which searches the other way round - only looking for file
    it knows are safe. I just ran it on my C drive and it reported n
    duplicates belonging to the o/s/

    7038

    SIW

    +-------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Filename: DUPLICATE2008-10-04_041734.jpg
    |Download: http://www.vistax64.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=7038
    +-------------------------------------------------------------------
     
    SIW2, Oct 4, 2008
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  9. Gerhard

    fatsteve Guest


    ooh well ladi da
     
    fatsteve, Oct 4, 2008
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  10. Gerhard

    fatsteve Guest

    I was not the OP
     
    fatsteve, Oct 4, 2008
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  11. Gerhard

    SIW2 Guest

    Hello,

    I believe most of those those apps., like doublekiller and the one you
    are using are only intended to be run on folders containing your own
    pictures, documents, etc. If Vista decides it needs copies or apparent
    copies - best let it keep them.

    A safer idea may be to keep all your personal docs, pics, etc. on a
    separate partition from the operating system - any cleaning you do of
    that partition won't damage the o/s.

    Then use proper disk cleaning tools like Vista's own to keep the o/s
    partition in shape.

    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/76073-disk-cleanup.html

    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/87831-disk-cleanup-correct-shortcut-vista-64-bit.html

    You may like to try the free glaryutilities. It has a duplicate finder
    function , which can search the other way round - only looking for files
    it knows are safe. I just ran it on my C drive and it reported no
    duplicates belonging to the o/s.

    'Glary Utilities | Glarysoft' (http://www.glarysoft.com)

    Hope that helps

    SIW2
     
    SIW2, Oct 4, 2008
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    Cleaner007 Guest

    I use to 'remove duplicate files'
    (http://www.moleskinsoft.com/remove-duplicate-files) Clone Remover. Very
    good app.
     
    Cleaner007, Oct 7, 2008
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  13. "Cleaner007" is a shill.

    When a post can't be found to make that reply to, one will be created
    asking if anyone knows of a similar product.

    There are FREE products available.
     
    Paul Montgomery, Oct 7, 2008
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  14. Gerhard

    Allan Braun Guest

    Allan Braun, Oct 12, 2008
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  15. Gerhard

    Rose82 Guest

    I used to delete duplicate files 'duplicate music finder'
    (http://www.fileutilityblog.com/archives/228), which is called Clone
    Remover. IIt works not only with the music files. What do you think
    about it?
    Thank you.
     
    Rose82, Jun 17, 2009
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    wonn1377 Guest

    wonn1377, Jul 8, 2009
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  17. Gerhard

    pigpen1012 Guest

    I'm new to the forums and came on here to specifically have this very
    same question answered. I ran Glary Utilties Duplicate File Finder and
    came up with duplicate files in both the Program Data and User folders.
    I'd like to do some "before school starts" cleaning up. I have LOTS of
    duplicates and need to know if it is safer to delete files in the
    Program Data folder or the User folder. Please don't rag on me like
    happened above. I'd like a nice, courteous reply that doesn't belittle
    my far less superior knowledge than those I'm coming to for help. I'm
    sure I'm not the only one looking for an answer to may be a very simple
    question to some. Thanks for whatever help you can give.
     
    pigpen1012, Aug 23, 2009
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  18. Gerhard

    Bill Daggett Guest

    Vista puts copies of lots of files in different places. It would ONLY
    be safe for you to delete duplicates in your data folders.

    First rule: if you don't know WTF you're doing, don't do it.
     
    Bill Daggett, Aug 23, 2009
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    jean3167 Guest

    Use duplicate finder, it helped me to find and 'delete duplicate files'
    (http://www.duplicate-finder-pro.com/delete-duplicate-files.htm) from my
    pc, it has great feature in which u can move or delete the selected
    files or folders. i found it on google search it says it can remove
    duplicates with great accurecy.
     
    jean3167, Sep 9, 2009
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  20. Gerhard

    Guest

    петак, 03. октобар 2008. 03.44.01 UTC+2, Gerhard је напиÑао/ла:
    If you want to delete your duplicates safely, try this software "Duplicate Files Deleter" from http://DuplicateFilesDeleter.com. You can manage any duplicate files without worries and it's safe to use. There's a quick video on how to use this software from their website. It's the best way to manage unnecessary duplicate files.
     
    , Mar 13, 2013
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