Auslogics Duplicate File Finder
Sunday, April 18th, 2010 | Author: Bruce

Do you remember the segment in Fantasia titled “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” where Mickey  unintentionally created hundreds of zombie brooms carrying buckets of water?  It seems that files get replicated the same way, especially digital image files where the camera-generated names don’t really mean anything.  Over the years I am sure that I have backed up several copies across several machines and shared space on my server or NAS device.  Weeding out duplicates is quite a task, but there is help available.Auslogics has released a free utility “Auslogics Duplicate File Finder” http://www.auslogics.com/en/ which lets you fine tune the process of identifying and subsequently removing duplicate files.  When you launch it you are presented with the Windows Explorer folder-tree view of your computer and its drives, including shared network drives.  You may individually select entire drives, or folders within.  You may specify comparison criteria such as matching on file name, create date, size, even content comparison if you wish.  You may also set an ignore files less than a specified size.   As a test I searched the ‘users’ area of my server for duplicate image files greater than 50KB.  In about 30 seconds it found 413 duplicates and told me that it would free up at least 245MB of disk space.  Each file is shown with an adjacent check box, and a DELETE button below could be used to delete checked items.  You may double-click an item to open it using the associated application.