I was doing a bit of early spring cleaning on my system and was trying to remove duplicate files from my system. I wrote before about removing duplicate images using Similar Images. Read here: How To Find Similar Images
But this program only deals with images. I needed something that would scan and compare other types of files as well. So I went online and decided on Auslogics Duplicate Files Finder 9
During the installation, you might want to choose custom install and uncheck the option to send anonymous data back. Also, unless you want it, decline the option to install Driver Updater.
When you first open up the program you’ll notice all of the disk drives are checked automatically. I only wanted one folder scanned so I unchecked them all. Then by clicking on the little arrows in front of the drive letter, I navigated to the folder to be scanned. In my case E:\my_docs
On the right-hand side of the window, I could have it Look for all file types or I could be more specific and have it Look for specific file types only. Check or uncheck according to your needs.
You can then click on Search from there or refine your search options by clicking on Next. The next screen allows you to ignore files smaller or larger than your set values. Ignore files smaller than is checked by default. I just left it as is. Click Next.
The next screen allows you to ignore files by Names, Dates, Hidden, and files in subfolders. Ignore File Dates is checked automatically, I unchecked it. Then Next.
The next screen allows you to refine the search further by using the file names or partial file names. Click Next.
The final screen allows you to choose what happens to the deleted duplicate files. The Recycle Bin, its own built-in Rescue Center or to delete them Permanently. My choice is the default To Recycle Bin. Now click on Search.
The search was pretty quick in my case. The similar files are grouped together and you can click on each one to compare and decide which ones to delete by viewing the Preview. Note: Some file formats do not show a preview. Just put a checkmark in the box next to the files you want to delete and toward the bottom of the window, click on Delete Selected Files.
Confirm the deletion.
So, what’s your experience using these duplicate file finders? Let us know in the comments.