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reducing repetition of file from different locations!!!

By sezua2000 ·
is there a way i can search/ check for files saved in different locations of storage and reduce or delete the dublicated files?
so as to increase and save space for other uses.

Which command can be used through cmd prompt to do so?
or is there a software that can do so?

Thank you!!

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What are you using ?...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to reducing repetition of fi ...

What make and model of computer?
What operating system?
What types of files are you referring to?

More info please.

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i have!!

by sezua2000 In reply to What are you using ?...

model of computer - Pentium 4
operating system - Window Xp Sp2
types of files refered to - all files except system files, this include *.pdf, *.doc, *.xls ...

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Do a Google

by Jacky Howe In reply to reducing repetition of fi ...

for 'duplicate file finder' and take your pick.

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Duplicate File Finders - I do NOT trust 'em ! ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to reducing repetition of fi ...

Maybe I'm mellowing slightly as the years roll forward, I am certainly not quite as gung-ho as I used to be.

Over the years I've seen a few systems reduced to expensive door-stops because these 'intelligent' duplicate-file-finders were allowed a free hand and ended up deleting the WRONG duplicate.

It is a sad fact of life that even in the ninth year of the 21st Century there are still instances of sloppy systems programming, and just because a duplicate exists - the mere fact that it is a duplicate is insufficient reason to authorise its deletion.

Go for it if you wish to, but I reckon there are far safer ways to increase space. Try archiving to external media. Easier still, fit an extra hard drive.

Safer than losing your ability to boot-up.

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I agree with Old Mycroft

by nepenthe0 In reply to reducing repetition of fi ...

Old Mycroft knows a bunch more about this stuff than I do. Once upon a time, when I believed that cleaner software wasn't supposed to misbehave, I installed and ran a duplicate finder program. It was hyped as a harmless performance booster.

As predicted, it found zillions of duplicate files, and apparently successfully deleted them. That was the end of my Windows installation. Fortunately, I had a Ghost image backup and recovered from the mess.

Some duplicate file finders look for exact byte sizes to determine identity. That is a highly questionable presumption. No such application has found its way into mainstream usage, which should be a compelling reason to pause.

Rick/Portland, OR

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