What is best DUPLICATE file finder ?

Discussion in 'Windows Live Mail' started by Ritter 197, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. Ritter 197

    Ritter 197 Guest

    I am looking for a DUP finder.

    Who has good experiences with one?

    I am trying " No Clone 2007" and "Easy Duplicate Finder".

    When I have finished with the latter and no more DUPS are found and then go
    to the former "No clone 2007" it still finds 300 dups.
    Ritter 197, Dec 3, 2007
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    JS Guest

    First you should look at the criteria that any software utility supports.
    In this case not only do you want the (overly simple) Date and Time Stamp
    option, but also more advance file checking options such as a

    'CRC' check and/or the ability to perform a 'Bit by Bit' comparison between
    two files.

    Also a good checker should allow you to specify 'Source' and 'Destination'
    criteria such as for example:
    1) All files located on the C: drive (Source) to files located on the D:
    drive (destination)
    2) Also look for the ability to specify folders and subfolders as opposed to
    the entire drive.

    Next the displayed results should give you the option to show 'All' files
    that 'Match' or only those that have the same name but fail either a 'CRC'
    or 'Bit comparison' check. If a file fails 'CRC' or 'Bit comparison' then it
    is truly different.

    You should also look for the ability to individually delete the file or
    files you choose to delete or 'All' the duplicates found.

    That said one utility that I have used in the past is: Beyond Compare

    JS, Dec 3, 2007
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  3. Ritter 197

    Ritter 197 Guest

    That was a fine explanation and I thank you for the detail.

    I have gone to the website which you posted and downloaded the Trial
    version, but am confused. It asks to COMPARE 2 folders or files.

    I want to find Duplicates on a whole drive, no compare.
    Ritter 197, Dec 3, 2007
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    John John Guest

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    JS Guest

    Since you can not have two files with the same name in the same folder you
    must specify which folders to use as a starting point.
    The PC that I used this utility on is no longer working so I can't help with
    the detail/questions you may have. However you should be able to specify the
    root of the drive (Example C:\) as a starting point.

    JS, Dec 4, 2007
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