Computer hard drives are usually filled with tons of files, which span across different folders and drives, there are many chances that half of the files are copies or duplicates, including music, videos and more, which in turn take up precious disk space.
The best solution to find duplicate files would be to generate MD5 strings for each files and then compare them with the rest of the files, however that task can become very tedious and is practically undoable.
To ease the task of finding and deleting duplicate files, you can make use of duplicate file finder softwares, that will help you eliminate duplicates and save disk space, along with helping you to maintain single copies of your files.
In this post you will find several Freeware utilities that will allow you to find and delete duplicate files. Most of the duplicate file finders will scan your entire hard drives to find duplicate files, you may need to select which copies you want to keep in some of them, so please ensure you select the right options while deleting the duplicate files.
Easy Duplicate File Finder – Easy Duplicate File Finder is a free powerful tool that helps you to find and remove duplicate files on your PC. This utility searches for true duplicates and has a powerful search engine with fast files check
Double Killer – DoubleKiller searches single or multiple directories for duplicate files by comparing any combination of file name, size, modification date and content. Using user-defined masks like *.mp3 or *.dll you can limit the scan to files that interest you or protect important files from being scanned. Furthermore you can exclude files in a particular file size range or files with certain attributes, like hidden or system files.
Fast Duplicate File Finder Earlier reviewed fast duplicate file finder is a handy freeware that will help you find all duplicate files in a folder and its sub folders. The applications will compare the content of your files so it will find duplicates even if they are using different file names.
Find Double Files – With FindDoubleFiles you search your disks for duplicate files. Files that are exactly identical will be presented in an explorer window. You can inspect the results and easily remove those duplicate files you don’t want any more.
Duplicate Cleaner – Duplicate cleaner is a tool to assist anyone in cleaning up the contents of their personal hard drive or corporate network. You’d be surprised just how many redundant or duplicate files you could find forgotten in an obscure documents folder. Photos, music, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, videos – you name it, if it appears twice on your computer then Duplicate Cleaner will find it.
So how many duplicate files did you find on your hard drive? Do you have any other suggestions for tools to find and delete duplicate files? Do let us know through your comments.