Freeware duplicate file eliminator?

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Infopackets Reader Brian W. writes:

" Hi Dennis,

I've got a question: at one time, I had a program that searched for duplicate files on my PC; unfortunately, I can't find this gem of a program on the web any longer, and was wondering if you might know the name or where to get it? PS: I must say, your infopackets newsletter is a *must read* every time it's received in my inbox! "

My response:

Aside from Ashampoo WinOptimizer (which searches for duplicate files / weeds out garbage files / makes Windows run faster), I don't remember mentioning any freeware programs that have this capability in the newsletter.

I did, however, come across two freeware goodies (CloneSpy and DoubleKiller) via, which seem to meet the criteria. From the snapFiles web site:

" Is your hard drive crowded with files you've downloaded from the Internet? Have you ever asked yourself which files you already downloaded more than one time? CloneSpy can help you saving hard drive space by detecting and removing duplicate files. CloneSpy can find files that have exactly the same contents regardless of their name, date, time and location. Moreover, Clonespy is able to find files that are not exactly identical, but have the same filename. Perhaps you have different versions of a file and you want to find all of them and remove the older versions. In addition, the program can also find zero length files. You have the option to decide what you want to do with the found duplicates, CloneSpy shows you the details of each file (and it`s proposed duplicate) and allows you to either keep, move or delete. "

" DoubleKiller searches your hard disk (or selected folders) for identical files and offers you to delete or move them. It can compare the file using simple date and file size methods as well as a CRC checksum calculation to make 100% sure that the files are indeed identical. You then get a list of all duplicate files that were found and can decide which files should be deleted or not. Important files like .DLLs, and other system files can be completely excluded from the search using a user defined mask. "

Hope that helps!

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