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Program to delete duplicate programs/files?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Oldwest, Nov 19, 2001.

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  1. Oldwest

    Oldwest Thread Starter

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    Is there a program or a way to locate and delete duplicate files? I seem to have a lot of duplicates and my hard disk is getting full.
     
  2. Linkmaster

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    Hi Oldwest,
    Welcome, try going to www.webattack.com. Click on the freeware tab . Under utilities there are several file removers.
     
  3. Max19

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    Be careful deleting duplicate files. First verify that the files are exactly the same size and have the exact same date and version numbers. Then, back up the duplicates before deleting them.

    In some cases, Windows needs two copies of the same file in different locations. I definitely would not recommend deleting duplicate files first as a way to free up hard drive space.

    Uninstall software you don't use anymore. Search your drive for large files or folders. Finally, consider purchasing a larger drive. They are relatively inexpensive.

    Before doing any of these things, make a back up of all your important data.
     
  4. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    I couldn't agree more!

    Also take a look at Software add-remove/Windows Setup. Do you really need/use absolutely everything there?
    You can always install them again if needed at a later stage.

    In case of doubt, don't hesitate to post here.

    Greetz,
     
  5. Linkmaster

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    Hi Oldwest,
    I want to opoligize for not finishing. I totally agree with TonyKlein and Max19. Most of the duplicate file removers will tell you if they are safe to delete or not. I personnally use Norton. I again apoligize for the oversite.
     
  6. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    The problem is, dat no duplicate file remover knows whether a file is or is not safe to remove.

    Is isn't sitting there, looking around and saying: 'hey, this file looks as if it isn't doing much of anything'... :D

    It just checks for files with the same name and the same size. It can't determine whether you happen to desperately need both of them.

    Fortunately, most cleaners of this kind make backups of everything they remove, so if you do decide to delete files and folders, they can always be restored when necessary.

    Greetz,
     
  7. Oldwest

    Oldwest Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your replies and the wisdom about the dangers of deleting. I think I get the message and will tread very carefully. I really appreciate hearing from somebody who knows what they are talking about. Thanks TW, Max, and Tony
     
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