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Getting rid of duplicate files


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Mike Gee

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Is there any quick and simple way to find duplicated files in in XP, particularly in MY Documents?
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Hi Mike Gee!

No files can have the exact same name in the same folder, so most of the time duplicate files will have a (2) somewhere in them, or sometimes start with the words Copy of. You can try doing a search in My Documents for both of those, aka *(2)* and Copy* and see what shows up. Would be helpful if you gave an example of the original file name and the duplicate one so that we can see how the duplicate files are labeled.

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Edited by Fenor, 05 March 2007 - 04:32 AM.

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Mike Gee

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Thanks for your suggestion - I tried and have already pulled up a few duplicates.
What I want to do is find files with the same name in different directories. Over the last 15 years I have migrated stuff over many computers and drives. I don't necessarily remember where I saved things before and so I am finding I have several copies of the same file in different directories ( Maybe I am just disorganized... LOL) Is there any way to identify these files or dump a list of all the files on my computer in alphabetical order so that I can look at the list and identify which ones have multiple copies spread over different directories? I am trying to do some housekeeping......
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Then I would just do a search for *.mp3 (or whatever extension you are looking for) and then delete the duplicates it finds. I'm sure there are programs out there that would do this, but I wouldn't waste money buying a program to do something I can easily do myself. It's time consuming, yes, but not worth paying someone else to do it for me.

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Set the folder view to Details and list by Size. then you can just run right down the list and find the dupes.
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Hi Mike Gee. Here a Freeware program. Don't forget to
always back up files first.
Removing Duplicate files
CloneSpy can help you free up hard drive space bydetecting and
removing duplicate files.
CloneSpy 2.21 Freeware

http://www.majorgeek...ad.php?det=5146

Hope that helps you............. Dwight
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Mike Gee

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Many thanks Dwight.
cspy really got the job done for me.
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Hi Mike Gee. :whistling:
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Keeping unnecessary duplicates on your computer means wasting valuable hard disk space. Duplicate File Finder will find and delete duplicate files so you won't experience lack of free disk space!
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