Duplicate Cleaner

Duplicate Cleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 344 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.5
  • Total Downloads:
    1,755,913
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 19, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.92MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,883
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.0

    out of 25 votes

    • 5 star 9
    • 4 star 12
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    4.0

    out of 344 votes

    • 5 star 170
    • 4 star 95
    • 3 star 28
    • 2 star 19
    • 1 star 32
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4 stars

"Great program"

May 15, 2011  |  By Suzzsin

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0.5

Pros

Works perfectly for my needs. Easy to use.

Cons

None so far

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4 stars

"Useful software"

May 13, 2011  |  By heather20022002

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0.5

Pros

Clears filing mess. Would never have found duplicate files without it

Cons

A bit too radical

Summary

I've lost a lot of files that I wanted to keep using this. Not sure if it was me or the cleaner. I would never have believed I had so many duplicate files. Cleared up a lot of space on my computer

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4 stars

"Great program with great capabilities, but a clunky UI"

May 13, 2011  |  By tomser

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0.5

Pros

- Fast
- Free
- Offers wide selection criteria

Cons

- Confusing UI
- Requires very specific commands, so it's not ideal in a hurry but useful if you spend some time on how to use it

Summary

Duplicate Cleaner is a useful program that offers powerful processing options but requires some learning and tinkering. Great program if you're planning to use it several times, but not if you're just looking for a quick solution.

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5 stars

"Fanttastic! Exactly what I wanted"

May 12, 2011  |  By ErwinVanLun

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0.5

Pros

+functionality
+navigation design
+graphic design
+price

Cons

nothing???

Summary

iTunes merged several libraries, resulting in a huge amount of duplicate entries. The libraries themselves already had duplicates. As the new library contained more than 30.000 songs, manually removal was not an option. Therefore I've searched around for many tools, even purchased some, but all dissatisfactory.

This tool however is GREAT! And it's free! Where can I donate? This is exactly what I needed and I'd like to recommend to everyone who is struggling with duplicate files.

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5 stars

"Quick with lots of easy to use options and wizards."

May 10, 2011  |  By JA10M

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0.5

Pros

This is a very useful and handy software for cleaning up your computer's hard drive. And, it's easy to use.

Cons

There is nothing I don't like about this software. It is a gem of a piece.

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4 stars

"Works Great"

May 05, 2011  |  By w0fen

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0.5

Pros

Works great

Cons

Can't find any

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4 stars

"A great programme that does exactly what it promises."

May 05, 2011  |  By cerla

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0.5

Pros

Easy to use.
Does what it says it will.
First use removes a surprising amount of duplication.

Cons

Nothing negative to say.

Summary

A handy programme that helps to keep my computer clean and with maximum available space.

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5 stars

"Finds duplicates by content, name, date, size, etc."

May 03, 2011  |  By cbloch

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0.5

Pros

Works flawlessly. Selection assistant is great when you have 1000 duplicate files and can't tag them all 1 by 1.

Cons

Have not found any cons yet.

Summary

Get this, clean up your computer, and never bother with anything else.

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4 stars

"Works very well"

May 01, 2011

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0.5

Pros

Easy to use and does what it is supposed to do.
I used it in a machine with Windows XP professional.

Cons

None so far.

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5 stars

"Well-designed and does the job."

April 30, 2011  |  By BigFoot48a

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0.5

Pros

Many options for selecting files to compare

Cons

None that are apparent

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.5
Version 2.0.5 has updated GUI multi-threading and improved Date Modified or Created matching.
General
Publisher DigitalVolcano
Publisher web site http://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk
Release Date March 19, 2011
Date Added March 19, 2011
Version 2.0.5
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
Download Information
File Size 4.92MB
File Name DuplicateCleaner_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,755,913
Downloads Last Week 5,883
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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