Is your computer becoming cluttered with duplicated files scattered here and there across your folders?
Well, here’s an answer to the problem!
There is a useful application available from Mind Gems website. It is called Fast Duplicate File Finder and it is FREEWARE. You can download it from this website: http://www.mindgems.com/products/products.htm
This product will help you find all duplicated files in folder and their sub folders on your hard drive. The application will compare the content of your files so it will find duplicates even if they are using different file names. There is a Professional version too which is more sophisticated but this will cost you!
The duplicate remover uses fast binary comparison algorithm and has internal preview supporting most images, videos, music and text file formats. You can also preview the files before giving them the “chop”.
As a safeguard, Fast Duplicate File Finder includes an option to protect system files and folders. This is ON by default.
Setting Fast Duplicate File Finder to Work
The first thing you need to do is to select the folders where you suspect the duplicated files reside.
1. Start the program. The main window opens. Spend some time checking out its features.
2. Before selecting folders to scan, ensure the box labelled Scan Folders in the Scan Box is checked.
3. Click the button labelled Add Folder in the Scan Box or the same named button on the Taskbar at the top of the window.
4. The Browse for Folders window opens. Select a folder or folders to scan.
Note: Make sure you check the small empty box alongside the selected folder.
5. Click the Scan Now button either on the Taskbar or in the Scan Box.
Note: This can be the button in the Scan box or on the Toolbar at the top of the window.
6. The program then issues a warning informing you the System Files and Folders are protected. Click the OK button to continue.
7. The Scan commences. When it finishes another window opens indicating the results of the scan. Click the Ok button to continue.
8. After the scan process finishes the program shows you all found duplicate files in groups and automatically marking checking the duplicated file thus marking them for deletion.
You have completed your first task. You have found those “pesky” duplicates. In my next article, Introducing Fast Duplicate File Finder (Part 2) you’ll find out what to do next to get rid of them.