duplicate files



Geoff A.
07-09-2005, 09:10 PM
Like a lot of people, I have documents on a desktop and also on a laptop. I
am also about to use a synchronisation program called "filesynchforce" to
get them to match each other. My problem is that although a lot of the files
are already on both machines, they are in different folders. I anticipate
that this will result in a lot of duplicate files on both machines. Is there
a way of preventing this? Or is there a untility that searches for duplicate
files, so that they can be dealt with?
Thanks.

Sharon F
07-09-2005, 09:10 PM
On Mon, 16 May 2005 13:10:38 +0100, Geoff A. wrote:

> Like a lot of people, I have documents on a desktop and also on a laptop. I
> am also about to use a synchronisation program called "filesynchforce" to
> get them to match each other. My problem is that although a lot of the files
> are already on both machines, they are in different folders. I anticipate
> that this will result in a lot of duplicate files on both machines. Is there
> a way of preventing this? Or is there a untility that searches for duplicate
> files, so that they can be dealt with?
> Thanks.

A program like ViceVersa Pro can help to locate duplicate files.

Is there any reason that you couldn't duplicate the folder structure on the
two computers? At least duplicate the folders/files that are to kept in
synch? It sure would make your life a lot easier if it is feasible.

--
Sharon F
MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User

Bill Martin -- (Remove NOSPAM from address)
07-09-2005, 09:10 PM
Geoff A. wrote:
> Like a lot of people, I have documents on a desktop and also on a laptop. I
> am also about to use a synchronisation program called "filesynchforce" to
> get them to match each other. My problem is that although a lot of the files
> are already on both machines, they are in different folders. I anticipate
> that this will result in a lot of duplicate files on both machines. Is there
> a way of preventing this? Or is there a untility that searches for duplicate
> files, so that they can be dealt with?
> Thanks.
>


I've been doing synched backups between machines for years. Personally,
I wouldn't try this synch until you've made the file structure on the
two machines as identical as you can. It simplifies so many things.
You want to back up data or configuration files for example and
sometimes they are location specific -- referring to other files for
example. They won't work on another machine in a different subdirectory
without a lot of putzing around. You can do it the hard way -- but it's
the hard way.

Make the machines mirror images of each other and you'll still have a
few bumps along the road to synchronization, but at least it will be easier.

Good luck....

Bill

Multple Unneeded copies
07-09-2005, 09:10 PM
"Geoff A." wrote:

>> In My Pictures, I have made copies of hundreds of files,some files as many as 12 coppies.
How can I isolate the files to be deleted from the ones I want to keep.?
Right now all these files are in My Pictures Jack Hunter
>

Bill Martin -- (Remove NOSPAM from address)
07-09-2005, 09:10 PM
Multple Unneeded copies wrote:
> "Geoff A." wrote:
>
>
>>>In My Pictures, I have made copies of hundreds of files,some files as many as 12 coppies.
>
> How can I isolate the files to be deleted from the ones I want to keep.?
> Right now all these files are in My Pictures Jack Hunter
>


Good question. I did the same thing inadvertently. The same picture
with two different names in the same subdirectory tree -- multiplied by
about 2000 duplicates of various photos. All I found to do was to
browse through them all with my viewer software and delete the copies.

You could theoretically write software to sort through all the non
graphic information that's embedded with the photos by your camera and
delete the duplicates automatically. I couldn't find such software on
the web and I figured that writing it would be more work than just
sitting down for a couple of hours and doing it manually.

Good luck.... Let us know if you find a better approach.

Bill

gls858
07-09-2005, 09:10 PM
Bill Martin -- (Remove NOSPAM from address) wrote:
> Multple Unneeded copies wrote:
>
>> "Geoff A." wrote:
>>
>>
>>>> In My Pictures, I have made copies of hundreds of files,some files
>>>> as many as 12 coppies.
>>
>>
>> How can I isolate the files to be deleted from the ones I want to keep.?
>> Right now all these files are in My Pictures Jack Hunter
>>
>
>
> Good question. I did the same thing inadvertently. The same picture
> with two different names in the same subdirectory tree -- multiplied by
> about 2000 duplicates of various photos. All I found to do was to
> browse through them all with my viewer software and delete the copies.
>
> You could theoretically write software to sort through all the non
> graphic information that's embedded with the photos by your camera and
> delete the duplicates automatically. I couldn't find such software on
> the web and I figured that writing it would be more work than just
> sitting down for a couple of hours and doing it manually.
>
> Good luck.... Let us know if you find a better approach.
>
> Bill
Must not have looked to hard :-) A quick search on remove duplicate
photos got 182,000 hits. I haven't tried this software and
have no affiliation with them. I've seen this software recommended in
another group. Most who had used it were quite satisfied.

http://www.gotdupes.com/

gls858

Floopy
07-09-2005, 09:12 PM
You may simply compare files on your laptop with files on your PC using
"Dupe Checker". It's a goog program with variable comparison settings.
You can download it using the following link:
http://atory.com/download/dupe_checker_pro.exe

Good luck!


--
Floopy


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