How can I organize my files and remove duplicates?

Zara July 27, 2011
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I have hundreds of duplicate file documents, downloads, music, videos, and pictures. They have ended up in several different files and I want to just get everything put in its one place and rid all the duplicates. What is the easiest and most efficient way to do this?

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  1. peter101
    August 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Advanced Uninstaller PRO

    and

    GlaryUtilities

  2. Anonymous
    July 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    dupscout, the shareware version (10usd)allows to move duplicates to chosen location
    http://www.dupscout.com/

  3. FIDELIS
    July 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Hello, I would make a folder for your documents, pictures, videos, etc.  Once those folders are made, move the files to its respective folder.  In the process of moving the files, if the file you are trying to move to the folder is already there, windows should tell you that and ask you if you still want to move it, keep both files or cancel the move.  That should get rid of some of the duplicates. 

    After completing the procedure above, you can use any software that finds duplicate files.  You can use the free version of Glary utilities:

    http://www.glaryutilities.com/

    To use the duplicate file finder on glary utilities, do the following:

    -- once installed, open the glary utilities program
    -- on left hand side menu, select Files and Folders
    -- Select Duplicate file finder
    -- select your drive or specific folders
    -- click on next
    -- on box that opens select the extension for the files you want find duplicates for
    -- on next box, click next
    -- let the program do its scanning
    -- It should show you all the duplicates that it could find
    -- If you are sure, delete the duplicates

    • Bruce Epper
      July 28, 2011 at 1:35 am

      In almost all cases, it would be faster to do the duplicate search first rather than put up with multiple prompts from Windows regarding decisions to overwrite, skip, or rename files that may or may not be actual duplicates.  Just because 2 files have the same name does not mean their contents are identical.

      Next, Glary's Utilities and most other duplicate file finders are only looking for EXACT duplicates.  This means that music files with identical music content but differing tags will not be flagged as duplicates.  The same applies to image and video files.  If the user has downloaded different versions of the same software, the contents will not be identical, but the filenames may be similar.  Again, these won't even be flagged as potential duplicates.  A better option would be using dupeGuru from http://www.hardcoded.net.  This can do fuzzy matching on filenames so it can flag Firefox Setup 4.0.1.exe and Firefox Setup 5.0.exe as potential duplicates.  This feature is quite valuable for those who download a lot of software and their updated versions as they become available.

      There are two other versions of dupeGuru on the site as well - a music edition and a picture edition.  These are designed to compare audio and image content, respectively.  The music edition can compare across audio formats, ignore tags and even compare content of differing bitrates.  Likewise, the picture edition can compare across image formats, files with different resolutions and differing tags.  You may be surprised at how many duplicate and very similar images reside on a single system.

      And, no - I am not the developer of these apps.

  4. Jeffery Fabish
    July 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Auslogics released their duplicate file finder for Windows
    http://download.cnet.com/Auslogics-Duplicate-File-Finder/3000-2248_4-10964299.html

  5. Tina
    July 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Zara,

    what operating system and version are you running?

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