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Duplicate Cleaner

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Duplicate Cleaner 1.3 is a tremendously helpful program for anyone wishing to tidy up a PC by identifying and deleting duplicate files. Though simple to use, we don't recommend this for novices, because of the potential damage from mistakenly removing needed files.

Duplicate Cleaner's interface is all business. Although fairly straightforward, some odd interface choices may throw you, such as requiring you to click Select in order to see the types of available files rather than including those types in the drop-down list already visible. The program gives you three basic options for searching: folder(s), file type(s), and filter criteria. We scanned a single drive (about 12,000 folders), looking for audio files and using the CRC Checksum method for comparison. The scan took just under 6 minutes and found 19 groups of duplicates comprising 43 individual files. You can also search for files with the same file name, size, or date--or any combination thereof--and limit the search to files within a particular size range.

Once the application returns a list of results, you then have to decide what to do with the dupes. The application allows you to tick the boxes of the items you want to modify and perform an action-- Delete/Delete the Recycle Bin, Move to Folder, or Create Hardlinks (on NTFS systems only). Duplicate Cleaner can also clean up orphaned files and empty folders if you so desire. A Selection Assistant allows you to select and deselect files en masse using various criteria, such as a file name pattern match or file size.

Here is where the user interface may trip up novices or even cautious advanced users: you must first select the files you want to modify, then click a button that says Remove Selected. Files aren't deleted at this stage, however; the program opens a new window giving you the Delete/Move/Create Hardlinks options. In the end, the application tries to be safe: whatever your choice, it will ask you to confirm. If you seem to be doing something odd--such as deleting all files within a group rather than just the ones that are duplicates--the application will again ask you to confirm.

The application offers a few safety measures directly accessible from an Options file menu. Items such as Protect C\Windows and C:\Program files, etc., are selected by default. Such files will still show up in a duplicate list, and you will not see this in action until you go through with confirming the deletion of such a file. We would have preferred that protected files didn't show up in the search results at all. Still, we found that, overall, Duplicate Cleaner is an excellent optimization tool for intermediate to advanced users.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

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    out of 336 votes

    • 5 star: 167
    • 4 star: 93
    • 3 star: 27
    • 2 star: 19
    • 1 star: 30
  • Current version:

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    out of 25 votes

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    • 4 star: 5
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great little utility. Love it"

    February 24, 2010  |   By R_E_C

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.4.3

    Pros

    Fast, has a number of options and works very well

    Cons

    when moving files to duplicate folder it's a little slow, but you can live with that because the rest of the options are outstanding

    Summary

    The price is right. I strongly recommend.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "cant believe that this program is free"

    February 18, 2010  |   By brandon143106

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.4.3

    Pros

    small install, fast running. groups items together with same name and it shows the file types

    Cons

    no option to automatically delete certain duplicate file types, you have to manually select file(s) you want deleted

    Summary

    free program, works great, freed up about 7.5g of space just for duplicate music. a lot of my music i had re-ripped into a higher bitrate and never deleted the old files, this program allows you to see which file is larger (higher bitrate) so i can delete all of the stuff previously ripped @128k. this program is easy to use and you can search only for music or pictures or other file types if you want to. download this program you will not be dissapointed

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Duplicate Cleaner 1.4.3 is easy to use"

    January 31, 2010  |   By Bob6145

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.4.3

    Pros

    I really like the listing in two colors so you can quickly identify the duplicate sets. If you're careful, this is a great utility.

    Cons

    Can be dangerous if used indiscriminately.

    Summary

    This is a utility everyone should have in their arsenal.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Very effective in identifying duplicates, but too slow."

    January 30, 2010  |   By LAlawMedMBA

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.4.3

    Pros

    Found thousands of duplicate files, and gave enough information to enable me to decide which duplicate(s) to delete.

    Cons

    Took nearly 24 hours to run. Much slower than other products that I have used.

    Summary

    Useful, but too slow.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "excellent great job of finding duplicate photos"

    January 22, 2010  |   By zzylon

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.4.3

    Pros

    I installed this with no problems on both windows 7 and xp. I had hundereds of duplicates in mulitple folders. some with same file name but different pictures.
    i was able to check by exact file and name. easily and quickly

    Cons

    only one i can think of would be a little better instruction guide

    Summary

    i have only used this on photos, havent tried it on mp3, The speed and ease of use
    are the two best features.a great feature if you have folders of same file name with different pictures, you find duplicates by name and size at same time. This prevents deleting duplicate files with same name but different pictures

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to install, use and comprehend!"

    January 10, 2010  |   By JayJay R

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.4.3

    Pros

    Very userfriendly software, lots of languages available and, above all, it delivers.

    Cons

    Seems to skip some duplicate files some of the time, hard to figure why but do a rerun and this 'problem' is also solved.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very nice - but a few serious shortcomings"

    January 2, 2010  |   By pmarlow

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.4.3

    Pros

    works fast and accurate - great functionality - many good features

    Cons

    lacking a few simple but very necessary (IMO) features

    Summary

    A few suggestions for the developers:

    1) Allow the user to re-apply search criteria to found duplicates to reduce the number of groups in the found list without having to restart a search.

    2) Allow the user (manually or by selection assistant) to hide/unhide individual files or duplicate groups in the found list from being selectable.

    3) Allow the user (manually or by selection assistant) to remove individual files or duplicate groups from the found list without deleting, moving or creating links.

    4) Allow the selection assistant to unmark files that meet any particular selection criteria - i.e. use the selection assistant to mark all files with an "X" in the path, then go back and use the selection assistant again to unmark only those that also have a "Y" in the path. Allow for repeated use of the selection assistant to continue marking and unmarking files.

    5) When using the selection assistant to select oldest or newest file date: if all files in a group have the same date/time, then select all but one.

    These are just the things that jumped out at me after using Duplicate Cleaner for the first time. Maybe I missed something in the options that would solve some of these issues. Thanks for a great product.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Worked as described"

    December 28, 2009  |   By OSUnTexas

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.4.3

    Pros

    Easy to set up and use, recommend that you only scan folders such as my pictures, my music or my documents to start.

    Cons

    If you scan whole PC, you might get overloaded....

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent !"

    December 27, 2009  |  

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.4.3

    Pros

    Fast, very good for find/delete music files, wizard to select files to delete

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    This is a must to have specially if you have a large music library

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great tool to clean up my music library"

    December 10, 2009  |   By aza_r

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.4.3

    Pros

    many options to choose from, allowed me to narrow down my search results and only delete the files i wanted (ie low bit/sample rate, file size, length, etc.)

    Cons

    Cant think of any. pretty straight forward

    Summary

    use it. you will be glad you did.

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