Removing Duplicate files

ptfitzy January 28, 2009 at 12:54:11
Specs: Windows XP
I was searching "Duplicate Files" on your site. I saw that several "Programs" for removing Duplicate files were suggested. I know you have to be careful which files to Delete. If you remove a Duplicate File, you could screw up your computer. I was told that if you look for the Date and Size of the File, it is the safest way to Delete the Duplicates.
Are there any of the Programs that know which files to Delete safely or is it still up to me to choose which ones to Delete?
Thanks, Ptfitzy

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January 28, 2009 at 12:56:36
It is always up to you.

Good rule of thumb is if the file resides in OS system folders or program files not to delete them.

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January 28, 2009 at 13:20:03
Curious - why do you want to remove duplicate files? Are you doing some housecleaning or are you running out of disk space? If the former, leave them alone and find something better to do with your time,


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January 28, 2009 at 13:35:29
I agree with the above. However, I have found that if you frequently backup folders like My Documents you can end up with multiple copies and they may have different dates too. The date on the copy changes when you copy it. There is a program called Beyond Compare, which is now in the third version. That shareware will give you a fully functional program for 30 uses. The price to buy is $30. Well worth the price.

You can filter or display most any way you desire. Try it out. Link below.

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January 29, 2009 at 02:04:48
Try Duplicate File Finder to find and delete duplicate files with ease and confidence.

Duplicate Finder search duplicates using byte by byte or crc32 to give you most accurate and faster results.

Advance marking system lets you select files by date, size, and several other criteria. Duplicate files can be deleted, moved, or copied.

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