If you are storing lot of pictures, music files, and videos on your system, you might sometime end-up copying few of them to multiple folders on the same system.
If you forget to delete one of the duplicate files, over time, it will end-up taking up lot of space.
So, it is essential for you to scan for duplicate files and delete them on an on-going basis.
We recommend Auslogics Duplicate File Finder freeware, which is the best software to get this job done.
1. Select Folders and File Types
By default it will search for duplicate files across all the drives on your system. However you can choose which folder you want to search for duplicate using check-box as shown below.
Apart from selecting folders, you can also select what type of files you want to search. i.e Images, Audio files, Video files, Archives (ZIP, TAR, etc.), Applications, as shown below.
2. Search criteria
It allows you to specify several search criteria. For example, you can ignore files smaller than a certain size, or you can ignore files larger than a certain size.
3. Fast Search Engine
Auslogics duplicate finder is one of the fastest finder. Its search engine is very powerful. Also, when it is searching for duplicate files, you can also pause the search temporarily, and resume later, or stop the serach all together using the “pause”, or “stop” button as shown below.
4. Display Results
Once the search is complete, it will display the total number of duplicate files found. It will also estimate how much space you’ll save if you delete all those duplicate files.
5. Delete Duplicate Files
You can delete the files in three different ways: 1) Send to recycle bin 2) Send to the rescue center 3) Delete permanently
6. Additional Options
When the output lists lot of files, you can sort them by name, size or date. When you are selecting files for deletion, you have multiple option:
- Select Duplicates by modification date
- Select one in each group
- Select all duplicates in each group
7. Rescue Center
If you’ve sent the deleted files to rescue center, you can restore it back later if you need the deleted files for some reason. The recovery source menu under rescue center has two options 1) Backups and 2) Restore Points as shown below.