Duplicate Cleaner

Duplicate Cleaner

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1
  • Total Downloads:
    1,712,752
  • Date Added:
    September 16, 2011
  • File Size:
    4.92MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6,159
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

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

    3.8

    out of 43 votes

    • 5 star 22
    • 4 star 8
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 7
  • 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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1 stars

"No direct download link on CNET"

June 04, 2012  |  By sphenisco

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.1

Pros

Can't ascertain product- I don't use 3rd party installer programs installers because I like to back up the installer program itself. If I can't do this, I don't download from a 3rd party. I install software on computers in the field that are not able to be hooked to the Net.

Cons

Can't ascertain program itself. Need direct download link!

Summary

CNET, add a DIRECT-DOWNLOAD LINK for this product.

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5 stars

"Easy and intuitive!"

June 03, 2012  |  By fmbaseball

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.1

Pros

Quite easy to use without even reading any instructions.

Cons

nothing obvious.

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5 stars

"So easy to use."

May 25, 2012  |  By Sarets

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.1

Pros

Downloaded and ready to go.

Cons

Non so far

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4 stars

"Easy to ckean out duplicate files"

April 21, 2012  |  By wink4300

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.1

Pros

Scans quick
Lots of options on what to select
free

Cons

a little slow to delete.

Summary

I would recomend this.
I used it on a laptop Win7 I3 and desktop Win7

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5 stars

"Perfect, straight out of the box."

April 18, 2012  |  By dandams77

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.1

Pros

Amazingly accurate.

I ran the program against a 150gb MP3 archive and it sorted out duplicates, removed them with no issue, withing minutes.

Cons

Didn't get to try the advanced features because the auto select options did exactly what I needed !

Summary

Exactly what I needed. I combined a friends music HD with my old music store, and spent months adding ripped CD's using another computer.

The whole mess was placed in one folder, and I let Duplicate Cleaner do the rest.

Amazing. Saved me so much time and effort. All of the duplicates were removed, the selection assistant tool was so straightforward and accurate too.

I'm going to combine all of my old holiday photos with friends, run the cleaner on it, and create another ultimate archive !

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5 stars

"First Try Successful"

April 18, 2012  |  By ramkeys

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.1

Pros

Scanned over 52,000 mp3 files. Many files had numbers or wrong names. Found over 17,000 duplicates, many only recognisable by exact length. Removed all easily. Surprised me.

Cons

Scan was done on a 1.5 TB external, took quite a while to search 52,000 files.

Summary

Will try another scan on another external. I think I will be happy searching smaller folders before merging. Saved me from renaming over 17,000 files before I could search on most other apps.

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3 stars

"Easy to use and understand"

March 29, 2012  |  By mrvw48

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.1

Pros

Seems to do a fairly good job

Cons

Would be nice to know if the duplicates shown are from backups

Summary

It does a good job but it seems to overlook some music files.

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2 stars

"Doesn't Display Properly"

March 27, 2012  |  By rkabanlit

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.1

Pros

- Decent interface

Cons

- You need to manually select folders in a drive, you can't select whole drives
- Doesn't display properly on my screen, cuts off at the bottom

Summary

Wouldn't recommend this. Get the other available Duplicate File Cleaners out there.

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1 stars

"Did NOTHING!!!"

March 25, 2012  |  By ninjax117

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.1

Pros

There was nothing!

Cons

I know I have like over 1,000 duplicate files & photos in my file. The software couldn't detect a single duplicate!!! I'm all like ***, gonna find a simpler one that hopefully works.

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5 stars

"Great free duplicate file cleaner"

February 29, 2012  |  By bugmeifnoth

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.1

Pros

free, fast

Cons

none really

Summary

liked it, so upgraded to the pro version - this can find similar images (resized, etc)

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1
Version 2.1 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher DigitalVolcano
Publisher web site http://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk
Release Date September 12, 2011
Date Added September 16, 2011
Version 2.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
Download Information
File Size 4.92MB
File Name DuplicateCleaner_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,712,752
Downloads Last Week 6,159
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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