We all happen to have duplicate files on our computer and they waste a lot of precious space on our hard drive. If you are someone who uses an SSD the pain is more for you. Here is how you can remove duplicate files and free up some disk space.
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We recommend some programs here. Each one we suggest below comes with a clean installer which won’t try to install any crapware on your system. We hate that just as much as you.
How to Find and Remove Duplicate Files on Windows
dupeGuru is an awesome application for this purpose. It is completely free and comes in three styles: dupeGuru Music Edition, dupeGuru, and dupeGuru Pictures Edition. The pictures and music editions are specific for finding similar pictures and music files.
For example, the pictures edition will find duplicates of the same photo even if they have been rotated, resized, or slightly edited . Or the music edition will find copies of the same song, even if they are in different MP3 files that are encoded at a different bitrates. This tool makes use of a “fuzzy match” algorithm which is capable of finding files that are identical and also the ones that are very similar to each other.
dupeGuru is a completely open-source software. The installer will not attempt to drag any toolbars or other junk onto your system, and it is not even trying to hook you to anything.
The interface is simple, and easy to use. Just open it, add a few folders or drives you want to scan, and click Scan. You will see a list of copies of files, from which you can select and delete the files to remove. Double-click a file in the list to open and examine it.
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