How can I best compare files inside a folder?

James June 18, 2011
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I understand what the desktop.ini file is. My problem is, when I try to compare two folders on two different hard drives, they sometimes come up with different file counts. I go digging around and finally figure out that they have the exact same files, except one folder is counting these .ini files.

I need to be able to compare folders file for file to see where my exact duplicates are, so I can merge files, delete copies, and clean up my hard drives.

Please help me figure out a way to do this without opening all the sub folders and comparing every file by sight.

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  1. uvas
    July 11, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I have a similar problem: how do I ensure data integrity (audio, text, spreadsheet, pictures...) after I perform regular PC maintenance -- like disk defragmentation, or a simple directory tree copy?

    Is there a good utility that would fit the bill for all these common file types, either by comparing each file bit by bit (from 2 directory trees), or by performing a checksum calculation for each pair of files?

    Does WinMerge fit the bill?

    • Tina
      July 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      Uvas,

      in case you don't receive an answer here, I recommend that you post a new question.

  2. Tina
    June 25, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    James,

    did any of the tools ha14 recommended work for you? Please let us know. Thank you!

  3. Anonymous
    June 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    total commander
    http://www.ghisler.com/index.htm
    Use the "Synchronize dirs" tool like this
    ---Switch to the two directories which you want to compare, one in the left and one in the right window
    ---If you only want to synchronize certain subdirectories, select them now
    ---From the "Commands" menu, choose "Synchronize Dirs"
    ---Click on "Compare"
    ---Wait for the comparison to complete
    ---Files which are newer in the left window will have a green arrow pointing to the right, those which are newer in the right window a blue arrow pointing to the left. Identical files will have an equal sign, different files with identical date an unequal sign.
    ---You can choose which files to show using the buttons in the "Show" box. Singles are those which exist on only one side, duplicates exist on both
    ---To synchronize the two sides, click on the "Synchronize" button, then OK

    Free Commander - Folder Compare and Synchronize
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PnFXA-7Wcw

    Beyond compare: comes with trial periode
    http://www.scootersoftware.com/

    Winmerge: Select to folders then right click and choose winmerge, You'll get a file listing that displays all the files in both folders, which are identical and which exist on the "left" or "right" folder.
    http://winmerge.org/
    http://manual.winmerge.org/CompareDirs.html

    Foldermatch
    FolderMatch  compares and
    synchronizes two folder trees.
    http://www.foldermatch.com/fminfo.htm

    Auslogics Duplicate File Finder
    http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/duplicate-file-finder/

    Anti-Twin
    http://www.joerg-rosenthal.com/en/antitwin/

    find fast all duplicate files in a folder and its sub folders - free
    http://www.mindgems.com/products/Fast-Duplicate-File-Finder/Fast-Duplicate-File-Finder-About.htm