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(Resolved) Deleting duplicate folders and files

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by kevcro, Feb 14, 2003.

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  1. kevcro

    kevcro Thread Starter

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    Can anyone tell me how to identify, select and delete DUPLICATE folders and files? I suspect there are quite a few lurking somewhere in my comp. My C: drive is almost full. I am not very computer literate so pls be specific (i.e. does deleting a folder take the files with it etc..). Thank you all.. I really appreciate these forums! AND your help!!
     
  2. bassetman

    bassetman Moderator (deceased) - Gone but never forgotten

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    Hi Welcome to TSG!

    Ummm this is a quick and dirty solution. Do a start.find files and folders/ find files of same name and check file size , if approx the same size you can (assume maybe) they are duplicates and try deleting them.


    More practical, do a search for ~*.tmp and delete them, I believe that is a safer way to free HD space!
     
  3. spaceman_333

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    Hi kevcro,

    I would NOT delete duplicate files and folders.....I did it once and it shut down my computer and I had to reinstall everything. I would instead be deleting TEMP files, Temporary Internet Files, Cookies, History. And, look at files ending in *.bmp, *.old, *.log,
    *.bak, *.gif, *.txt.

    Uninstall programs that you no longer use.

    Deleting the Folder takes the files with it.

    Spaceman
     
  4. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    I'm with Spaceman.
    Attempting to find and then delete duplicate files will most likely end you in hot water.

    The major savings should come from the TEMP folder and \TIF folder.

    To get maximum benefit (by deleting the index.dat files also), restart to DOS and enter the following commands.

    Smartdrv
    Deltree c:\recycled
    Deltree c:\Windows\Temp
    Deltree c:\windows\Tempor~1
    Deltree c:\Windows\Cookies
    Deltree C:\Windows\History
     
  5. Jtoast

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    Just figured I would help spaceman_333 and WhitPhil on this one.

    Deleting duplicate files is risky....as cheap as harddrives are I would say buy a second one.
     
  6. kevcro

    kevcro Thread Starter

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    Thank you for all the help!! kevcro - case resolved
     
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