Easy Duplicate Finder Review

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How many files are stored on your computer? Is it 10,000? How about 50,000 or 100,000?

Of the files stored on your computer, how many of them are duplicates and which ones are safe to remove?

Unless you're unusually interested in computer technology, you probably don't have any idea how many files are stored within your computer system -- let alone, how to manage duplicate files, and how to safely remove them.

Thankfully, there's a program called Easy Duplicate Finder that will not only discover these duplicates stored on our PCs, but also intuitively helps us to decide which files to keep and which ones should be removed.

Duplicate Files: What's Safe to Delete, and What's Not

Before we dive into our review of Easy Duplicate Finder, let's take a brief moment to describe the types of files found on a typical PC. This will help us to categorize which files are safe for removal, and those which are not.

System Files

Some of files on your PC are intentionally hidden away, utilized only to keep the computer running properly, and never intended for human oversight or manipulation. These are referred to as system files and they should never be deleted, or you may compromise the stability of your PC.

Temporary Files

Other files contain only the information you have recently browsed on the Internet, which may remain there for days, weeks, or even months. These are referred to as temporary files and for the most part, are harmless if removed.

User Files

Thousands of other files stored on your PC contain everyday working data, including letters, notes and other text documents, along with the photos, graphics, emails, scanned documents, informative articles, spreadsheets, bookmarked web pages, downloads, and other material that for one reason or another you want to save -- and it's all stored on your computer's hard drive. It's these files that we're most interested in when it comes time to sort through our duplicates.

" I've got over 30,000 duplicate files on an external drive. I have tried other duplicate finder tools... even ones you have to pay for. They don't even begin to compare to what you have here. I just wanted to say good job, and thanks. You've simplified a mind numbingly annoying task of cleaning up all these duplicates! " ~ Robert K.

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Adding Files to the PC Over The Years

If you're like most people, you've moved files here and there for reasons you've long since forgotten. You may have even moved your whole data trove from one computer to another over the years, automatically carrying along many of these files without looking into them, and possibly without even knowing or remembering they exist.

Each and every one of these files occupies a slice of precious real estate on your hard drive. That in itself is expensive, but not dangerous.

What is dangerous, though, is having duplicates of some of these files in two, three, or more different places on your hard drive -- which frequently happens without you even knowing that you've got them.

The Problem with Duplicate Files

Duplicate files create problems in several ways:

First, they take up space that you could better use for other information (such as for temporary but necessary data storage as your computer goes through its everyday processing).

Second, and most importantly, duplicate files lead to confusion. For example, suppose you make changes to one copy of a file. Afterwards, you might inadvertently open a different copy of the same file (stored in another location) and make additional changes. Then you might make a third set of changes to an entirely different copy of the same original file.

The point is, once you start saving different changes in different versions of the same files, you create a rat's nest of mismatched copies. Even if you later recognize what you've done, it becomes extremely difficult and time consuming to assemble one comprehensive copy of the file with all your updates, all in one place.

The solution to all these problems is to locate and identify all these duplicate files and then to remove and/or delete them from your disk. Easy Duplicate Finder, from Web-Minds, Inc., is quite possibly the best piece of software for this task: it's intuitive, fast, and very simple to use.

" Your program appears to be the slickest duplicate file finder that I have found. [It's] simple, useful, and intuitive and it doesn't hog the CPU so you can still do other things while running it. It gives you a status so you don't have to wonder [what's going on]. I especially like the ability to delete all duplicates in a folder ... Thanks for such a good product. " ~ Heather R.

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Using Easy Duplicate Finder on My PC

Once installed on your computer, you simply launch the application and select, via drag and drop, the set of file folders you want it to examine for duplicates.

If you wish, you can also change the program's settings to have it search only for certain file types and only files of certain sizes. This is useful if you want the system to perform a more specific search, or if you have reasons to skip or to focus on certain categories of files, such as system files (for example: *.SYS or *.DLL files).

When you've set up the search parameters to your liking, press the application's "Start" button and Easy Duplicate Finder begins searching the selected folders, using any filters and specifications you've given it, to identify any and all duplicate files. It does this very fast, scanning 15,000 files or more every minute.

Scan Complete: Comparing and Contrasting

With the scan for duplicate files complete, the software automatically shows you a list, complete with a count of both the original files and the number of duplicates, and the amount of disk space each set occupies.

For your convenience, duplicate files are grouped with their original file, and each group is numbered and highlighted for easy recognition, along with the file date. This makes it extra easy to spot which files are likely erroneous duplicates, and those which are not.

Useful Tip #1: If you wish to inspect these files further, you can see not only the name of each file, but the complete path to its location, its size, and even its last date of modification. If you're still not sure what a particular file contains, you can quickly review its properties and/or its contents.

Sorting Through Duplicate Files

Assuming you've got a lot of duplicate files, as most computer users do, you'll want to select various combinations of these files for handling all at once. Easy Duplicate Finder makes this a one-click operation. For example, with one click you can select all but the oldest file from among each set of duplicates, or all but the newest.

It takes a few more clicks, but you can also make these kinds of choices separately for duplicates and originals that reside in different branches of your hard disk's file storage system.

" Thank you so much. I have thousands of duplicates and this [program will be great for helping me resolve the duplicates]. This is going to take some time I see, but it will pay in the long run. What a fabulous tool. " ~ Joy

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Moving or Deleting Duplicates

Once you've made your choices, the third and final step is to tell the program what to do with these remaining (unwanted) files. For example, you might only want to keep a list of duplicate files for reference, a task this program will complete with the click of a single button. You can also rename all the selected files to reflect their status as copies -- perhaps by adding the word "duplicate" to the front of each file name.

Or you can have Easy Duplicate Finder delete all the duplicate files. It can do this permanently, if you wish, or the ordinary way -- by moving them to Window's recycle bin.

Useful Tip #2: The safest option, by far is to move the duplicates to a new folder (with, or without their original path information), from where you can easily move them to an external hard drive on the off chance you will want to access one of these files again in the future.


With the duplicates removed, you'll find your computer has more storage space and runs faster.

Most importantly, East Duplicate Finder provides peace of mind knowing you'll never again get confused between duplicate data files, or be surprised by a spurious copy of your data that might get you in trouble. You'll also have confidence that when you make a change to any data, that change will still be there next time you retrieve that file.

So, how many duplicate files do you have stored on your PC?

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