Duplicate FinderHow to remove duplicate files? You ask what are duplicate files? They are copies of files which get on your hard disk by thousands - iTunes, iPod, mp3, images, video, etc. And now present how much superfluous place they can occupy especially if there are some same file copies on a hard disk!
Donít you know how to remove duplicate files yet? Then look at a program novelty - AllDup utility which will solve the problem in some minutes. You donít trust? Now you are convinced of it.
The first question: what do you want to make? It is obviously to find and eliminate duplicate files. However AllDup enables you to make other actions: to open the duplicate files list from a file.
The second question: what do you want to search? It is perhaps most important question. It depends on the answer what results the duplicate finder will show you. Choosing options use an advice: the more file types you search the more objective result you receive but the longer the search is.
What files it is possible to search? Obviously any file type. But to eliminate duplicate files effectively you should specify search criteria. For example to search for only duplicate files with the identical contents or empty files (with the zero size). If the PC is considered to have similar duplicate files inside archives choose the corresponding option and the duplicate finder will find them.
AllDup appears to be very convenient means for music fans. Due to "Ignore ID3 Tags of MP3 files" option you can easily find and eliminate duplicate files among the files having not identical song headings and artist names.
The third question: where to search. As youíve already guessed the duplicate finder can search for duplicate files both in all hard disk and in separate directories. Remember having chosen all hard disk you have a risk to wait a lot of time (the more the disk the more time) while the duplicate finder analyzes duplicate files.
With the program help you can easily make duplicate files search in RAR and ZIP archives. AllDup suggests you a unique opportunity for duplicate files search not only in existing disks but also to search for duplicate files on any common network folder.
The fourth question: what to do with the found duplicate files? When AllDup finishes search it offers some variants for a choice. "To delete" is simply to delete duplicate files, of course without their restoration. "To delete in recycle bin" is almost the same thing. But you can always restore the files from the recycle bin thatís why it is not so radical action. "To move" - all you need is to choose a suitable folder. "To copy" - it is clear.
And, at last, if something seems to be interesting you can save search results without problems. Then it is easy to return to it.
Use the freeware AllDup as mp3 duplicate finder or photo duplicate finder (or as eliminator for other files) and youíll forever forget about the duplicate files problem.