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comda

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Duplicate file finder?
« on: February 22, 2018, 03:09:31 PM »
Greetings CH!

I have a TON of files I need to delete. issue is, I have duplicates on duplicates on multiple drives etc. Ive got a great piece of software on Mac to find these files, but when I search for Windows Duplicate file finder, I get a LOT of suggestions. Because this piece of software will be going through all my personal data, is there a legit safe proper one to use that you guys can suggest that you guys have used?

Ive got these suggestions, but has anyone actually used them? Whats the risk that someones spying on these things haha?

https://lifehacker.com/the-best-duplicate-file-finder-for-windows-1696492476

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Re: Duplicate file finder?
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2018, 08:17:11 AM »
I've always attacked this sort of problem with batch scripts.

Do you only want the newest or do you want every different date/time stamped file of same name, and do you need to maintain any specific folder structure for files to adhere to?

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Re: Duplicate file finder?
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2018, 02:04:41 PM »
I've always been as scared as all *censored* with these dup file finders and the trust users put into them.
using them blindly seems like a recipe for disaster in my books.
all I can suggest is you have a great backup regime in place before proceeding. :)

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Re: Duplicate file finder?
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2018, 02:58:02 PM »
If you write the script proper so it ignores any Win system files it should be fine...

That being stated i agree with Mark...dup file findors can bork a perfectly fine PC.
   
 
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Re: Duplicate file finder?
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2018, 05:21:38 AM »
I agree with Patio and Mark and thats another reason why scripting such as through batch control is best, you can see exactly as it will behave and have total control. However as Mark stated its good to make sure that you have a full backup on a different drive of your data before you run a script that would delete duplicates.

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Re: Duplicate file finder?
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2018, 11:04:39 AM »
Alright. So what now then? Im not talented enough to create my own batch file, the only safe thing I can think of doing is clearing one hard drive the hard way going through and finding stuff, and then literally create a dumping ground, where I start moving stuff, and each time windows says the file already exists simply delete it.