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Can anyone recommend a free utility for identifying and removing duplicate files on a PC running Windows XP?

Thanks for your consideration of the problem.


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1st Jul, 2010 16:15 (UTC)
You may have one lurking around if you've got SP2 and associated tools installed (see: http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-6160661.html for info). Otherwise, Easycleaner (http://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/ecleane.htm) might be useful.

Being spoiled for hard disk space, I've used neither. Tho' I may well reboot into Windows and test Easycleaner myself.
2nd Jul, 2010 09:33 (UTC)
Thank you. I have downloaded the SP2 Support Tools, and this has given me what I want. Now I can sort out all the photos that I have 2 or 3 copies of and consolidate them all into one well organised place, and free up some disk space too.
2nd Jul, 2010 10:41 (UTC)
That's exactly what I was using "the other software" for ... because each time I imported the photos, I wasn't always giving them the same names, so I need something that would identify all the files that had the exact same size and same signature (so same contents) and then allow me to delete the dupes.

I'm glad you've found something that works, good news!
1st Jul, 2010 16:47 (UTC)
I don't tend to use these sorts of things because I don't trust them very much -- but I do use utilities to find big files and folders, after which I delete manually. When I used a PC (and remember that's now 8 years ago), my favourite was a freeware program called FindPigs.
2nd Jul, 2010 09:35 (UTC)
Thanks. It isn't big files that are the problem - it's that I mucked up when doing some photo processing and ended up with 3 copies each of a large number of photos, with no easy means of sorting them out. See my other reply on this post.
1st Jul, 2010 18:00 (UTC)
I've got a reasonable one at home, but can't remember what it is called, will try to remember to dig it out when I get home.

But for normal use I use one called ViceVersa to compare two folders to see if they contain duplicate files and to delete/merge as necessary ... good for comparing a live directory with a backup.

The one at home is great because it works by file contents to see if two files (even with different names) have the same contents. ViceVersa can't do that.
2nd Jul, 2010 09:35 (UTC)
Thanks. I may use this sometime, but see my other replies on this post for what I'm doing now.
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