Many of us have huge volumes of duplicate file with the most common being multiple of the same digital photos. Replicated photos not only take up large amounts of hard drive space but also cause confusion when sorting and adding information to the photos themselves.
Numerous digital photo software packages such as Google Picasa have duplicate photo finders included however I have yet to find one of these packages which is accurate and simple to use in removing duplicate photographs. I have been testing ‘Duplicate Cleaner’ for a few weeks now. Duplicate Cleaner is duplicate file finder and remover software by Digital Volcano of the U.K.. I have found that for finding and removing duplicate photos, even when the names of the photos do not match, it is excellent. Duplicate Cleaner is free to install and use and comes with a multitude of options. Even with all these options it is still very simple to use.
After installing Duplicate Cleaner, all that needs to be done is to select the folders where you want the software to search for duplicate photos (this may be all your drives if your photos are a real mess). After selecting the folders, the ‘file filter’ options are set and this is where this software is very good; various options for search may be set such as ‘Same Date’, ‘Same file Name’ and ‘Same Content’ and any combination of these options may be set.
After the search is run (by clicking ‘Go’) the software will go and search for duplicates and return a summary of the search results.
After clicking ‘Close’, a list of all duplicates will be found (the list may contain thousands of photos for some people).
At this stage it is necessary to select the photos requiring deletion. Fortunately a clever ‘Selection Assistant’ is provided which makes selecting genuine duplicates so much simpler and more accurate.
Once the Selection Assistant has been used, removing the duplicates is as simple as clicking ‘Remove Selected’
This is a very good duplicate file finder and cleaner. I thoroughly recommend using ‘Duplicate Cleaner’ for its accuracy, power and options. Above all it’s free however is far better software than most of the ‘paid for’ alternatives.