Trying to Delete Duplicate MP3 files

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cgm707

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Is there a good free program or way of deleting duplicate music files, simply?

Thanks for any help!
 
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bearone2 said:
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It may appear as though bearone2 is being a smart alec, but it really is the best advice. Those programs that search out duplicate files are very dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. I never tried this but, if you were to use windows search engine, & have it just search for .mp3 extensions, you would get a list of all of your mp3's. Then you could probably click on the "Name" header & it should put them in alphabetical order. Then you could easily see duplicates. You need to click on "View" then "Details" in order to see the "Name" header.

Good Luck!!! Let us know if it worked.
 

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Digidave said:
It may appear as though bearone2 is being a smart alec, but it really is the best advice. Those programs that search out duplicate files are very dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. I never tried this but, if you were to use windows search engine, & have it just search for .mp3 extensions, you would get a list of all of your mp3's. Then you could probably click on the "Name" header & it should put them in alphabetical order. Then you could easily see duplicates. You need to click on "View" then "Details" in order to see the "Name" header.

Good Luck!!! Let us know if it worked.
"smart alec"

it doesn't always need to be a super sophisticated/hi dollar program/take a chance "hose the registry" to resolve a problem.:confused:
 
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There are a number of good, free duplicate finders available at any freeware site. Most allow you to choose the criteria that the comparisons will use (name, size, bit-by-bit, file-type, etc.).

So long as you delete only dup mp3's or other personal files, you'll be fine. You shouldn't start deleting dupes from the system directories or from Program Files unless you really know what you are doing.
 

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The thing about most music collections is the names aren't exactly the same, so you need a "fuzzy" search as a rule.
 
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You can import the file names and file sizes into an Excel Spreadsheat and then sort by filesize (assuming the files are the same size). Since the duplicate files with the same size should be grouped together, you can use a macro to automatically find the dupes and prompt whether to delete them or not. That's how I did it.

Regards,
Rollin
 
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