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Directory Report

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Directory Report 34 bundles several system utilities in one flexible program. Its core is the venerable Print Directory, which displays tree views of selected directories or entire disks that you can save or print to a wide range of outputs. Directory Report also finds duplicate files and directories and compares directories, even with an outside program. It can rename multiple files in sequence; change the created, modified, and accessed dates of files; change file owners; compute checksums; run from the command line; and more.

Directory Report's wizard browsed to our User Account as a starting root directory (you can have as many as you like), so we selected it. The program briskly scanned our system and displayed the directory in a classic Explorer-style tree view categorized by folder size, both with and without subdirectories; date created, accessed, and modified; and other categories we could add via the View menu. The finished scan also displayed a pop-up listing all our protected directories with the option to print or save the data. We clicked a folder in the main directory view, which opened the root view in a left-hand panel and our selected folder's directory tree in the main view. This simple, old-school tree view is still the clearest and most comprehensible way to display directories and their contents, and one of Directory Report's chief advantages over more elaborate attempts. From here, we had a wide range of options for sorting, searching, and comparing data.

Directory Report integrates several other useful tools, such as the Duplicates Finder. Its options included comparing checksums, which we commend, as well as byte-by-byte and more common comparisons like size and name. The tool made 14 passes yet took less than a minute to scan our directory, identifying duplicates in color in its report. A pop-up let us select files in a group by various categories instead of manually, with several options for handling them. The Largest menu let us quickly find the largest files, directories, and owners in our system, with a few surprises. The handy Check Cluster Size tool estimates the block or cluster size for a given file system. Handier still is the built-in checksum generator, which saves the bother of a separate tool.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Directory Report 34. The trial version is limited to 10 days.

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    • 1 star: 7
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Powerful - An Outstanding App"

    March 28, 2014  |   By mango247

    Version: Directory Report 40.0

    Pros

    1. Super Fast - Incredibly fast- I searched over 800K files in less than 45 minutes)

    2. Feature Rich ( you name it you can do it)
    3. Reliable - Intelligently written and highly stable. (unlike some apps this one does not crash)

    Cons

    - UI (The user interface could be better)

    Summary

    Find Duplicate files fast, search laptops, desktops, servers, storage arrays. NAS, SAS and so on and manipulate your data in so many ways.

    If you're looking for a powerful and highly reliable file utility nothing comes close to the "Directory Report" software. It's the best.

    I have used it extensively on a very large number of files (almost a million files) to support an end-client in a million dollar legal dispute. This tiny yet powerful APP saved over US$15,000 in IT consultant fees. I would have happily paid over 10 times the modest $25 fee charged by the author for this amazing APP.

    And yes, the author of the APP actually replies to support questions. He answered dozens of my questions within a 24 hour window. I would have happily paid for support. I can not recommend this file app enough.

    Highly Recommended.

    SM

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Erg handig programma voor al je bestanden"

    March 18, 2014  |   By divon001

    Version: Directory Report 40.0

    Pros

    Snel overzicht van al je bestanden, zowel schijven als directories.
    Dubbele bestanden snel verwijderd en niet alleen op naam maar ook vergelijk op bit niveau.
    Meerdere bestanden hernoemen en nummeren.
    Snel kunnen zoeken.

    Cons

    Geen minpunten

    Summary

    Geweldige service bij het installeren na een crash en nieuw moederboard.
    Ik kon niet meer installeren, probleem uitgelegd en Allan Braun verstrekte tot 3 maal toe een nieuwe coupon voor gratis herinstallatie.

    Updated on Mar 18, 2014

    Quick overview of all your files, directories and drives as well.
    Duplicate files quickly removed and not only found by name but also compared bit by bit.
    Multiple file renaming and numbering.
    Quick search.

    Updated on Mar 18, 2014

    Great service when I installed after a crash and new motherboard.

    I could not install. Problem explained to Allan Braun and he gave me 3 times a new coupon for free reinstallation.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "No fuzz multirenaming"

    January 27, 2014  |   By Ljavres

    Version: Directory Report 40.0

    Pros

    Simple to use program for multirenaming and other directory overviews. Has been used by me for multiyears with no problem.

    Cons

    Not for me

    Summary

    Decent prized easy to use multipurpose tool

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