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Scout out duplicates

Free up wasted disk space with this intuitive tool.

Duplicate files can waste a lot of valuable space on your hard drive, so it's a great idea to check for them periodically. DupScout is a simple program that lets users quickly scan their hard drives and identify duplicate files, potentially freeing up many megabytes of wasted space.

The program's interface is attractive and easy to navigate. There are three different layouts to choose from, and although they're fairly similar, we appreciate that there are options to choose from. Using the program is quite simple; users simply select the directory that they want to scan, click a button, and DupScout goes to work. The results are displayed in a list, and dealing with the duplicate files is as easy as right-clicking on them to bring up a menu. From here users can choose to view the files in Windows Explorer, replace the duplicate files with links, move the duplicates to another directory, or compress the duplicate files. Or, for users who are sure that the duplicate files are unneeded, it's easy to delete them. DupScout also lets users view the duplicates by category, including extension, size, and type, making it easy for users to determine what kinds of files are the worst duplicate offenders. The program's online Help file is well-written and thorough. Overall, we think that DupScout is an excellent way to identify and deal with duplicate files; although it can't promise you that you're not deleting something that you need, it does offer plenty of safeguards against it.

DupScout installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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