Duplicate Cleaner

Duplicate Cleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 352 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0
  • Total Downloads:
    1,818,514
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 25, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.93MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    7,171
  • 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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  • Current Version

    3.8

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star 6
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    4.0

    out of 352 votes

    • 5 star 174
    • 4 star 95
    • 3 star 28
    • 2 star 19
    • 1 star 36
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5 stars

"This is Great software"

July 09, 2012  |  By phatso0

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.0

Pros

simple install, the dev has taken the time to simplify the installer. once running it looks nice and clean, easy to see what options are available, search criteria is reasonable, you can select to exclude system files with 1 click instead of having to set them up in exceptions. once it has found files meeting your search criteria it displays a huge amount of information and groups the files well, with each grouplicate colored blue or white for easy identification. i was able to highlight a group of files and then click select box and it selected them all, something others i tried couldnt do

By far the best i have tried.

Cons

i tested on 255GB, with around 70 known duplicates i was looking for. it found them all but was i little on the slow side. but it is not too slow

Summary

If you want to find duplicate files with multiple search options, that is easy to use and intuitive, then you have just found the package you were looking for

Note: I have not tested this with files over 2gb. get real, this is windows we are talking about here, want to manage huge files go UNIX.

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5 stars

"Free version works amazingly fantastically perfectly!!"

September 22, 2012  |  By bob dillon

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.0

Pros

Easy to use
Checks MD5
Can move dups to selected folder (instead of deleting them
On first test of 400 photos it worked flawlessly.
I will now scan my other 9000 photo files.

Cons

If I had to think of something to complain about then all I can come up with is that when you exit you get a banner ad.

Summary

Use it!!!!

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1 stars

"Crashed & burned on first use."

August 27, 2012  |  By Hjsybwygsbdgf

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.0

Pros

It's pretty.

Cons

It didn't work - period.

Summary

This program crashed and burned on the first use, before it could find one duplicate file. I was kind of wondering what that "Upgrade" button was all about on so-called "Free" software but I'll never find out because first run crashes = automatic uninstall.

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5 stars

"Bad a-s-s! This got me 95 GB of space back quickly."

August 25, 2012  |  By mdnmorph

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.0

Pros

professional

Cons

have none, all I did was remove duplicate pictures and found 19K!

Summary

Bad a-s-s! This got me 95 GB of space back quickly. Very intuitive, great non-complex search functions.

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2 stars

"too many wrong things to list here"

August 24, 2012  |  By ziggyf

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.0

Pros

good for getting rid of small file duplicates (worked cleaning out my photo downloads) but that's it

Cons

ties up system resources, no way to contact support, interrupting the operation does not give you a partial result option

Summary

I recently had downloaded a few folders of videos of a British TV series that I wanted to watch here in the USA. This caused me to have many duplicate AVI files that I'd thought I'd pare down since the folder had over 350GB of files most did not have the same name so I would have to use the same content function to compare
needless to say after 3 tries, 8 hours and no progress each time past 20% I had to look elsewhere besides the grief I had trying to stop the darn thing
- no email/online contact for support, sorry forums do not cut it as a main input
- ties up your system resources so much so you have to shut PC down if you need it for other duties and no option to limit that system use
- if you have to stop it for some reason, in mid-run, even if there's duplicate files found, you cannot see them, it wipes the slate clear..only way to see them is to let it finish, that's just plain stupid

going back to my old mainstay dupkiler

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1 stars

"Doesn't work anymore, complete crash @ startup"

August 23, 2012  |  By Skwiggs

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.0

Pros

Free, except for wasted time.

Cons

gives no help file or trouble shooting options as to why it just stops working. Program stops responding while loading. No self error catching appears to even implement before freeze.

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5 stars

"Great interface, lots of options, very intuitive."

August 15, 2012  |  By offerPop5817875

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.0

Pros

Fast, thorough, and even gives the option to save deleted files to a new folder just in case....

Cons

None that I have encountered.

Summary

Great program!

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4 stars

"works very well for free"

August 13, 2012  |  By spacecon

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.0

Pros

Totally free and works well, unlike some other free duplicate finders.

Cons

None that I can complain about for a free program.

Summary

I used it to clean up all the jpg files on 4 computers and some thumb drives and SD cards. Worked very efficiently.

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3 stars

"free version gets a c-"

August 05, 2012  |  By findail

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.0

Pros

quick and nice interface

Cons

free version limits search .... leaving out file size, so same name different files return as match

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5 stars

"Efficacy second to none"

July 23, 2012  |  By locogato

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.0

Pros

Incredible speed, no false positives (very important!), very few false negatives

Cons

none, considering the alternatives
one must review all alternatives, but it would be good to shorten that if prioritization between paths could be made beforehand

Summary

Anytime one wants to get rid of extra copies that might pile up for many different reasons, an efficient tool that analyses beyond the filename, a safe identification. Some extra tweaks would be lovely

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4 stars

"This software did a great job."

July 10, 2012  |  By JoshuaTheAtomicRobot

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.0

Pros

- It did an excellent job finding duplicates in my MP3 library. I tried a few other programs before this, and this one found the most duplicates.

- It gave me a variety of options to select which duplicates I wanted to delete, and which files I wanted to keep.

- It's easy to use, and it just flat out works, which can't be said for the other programs I tried using.

Cons

- It took longer to scan my hard drive than the other programs I tried using. But this is a "Tortoise and Hare" situation, since the longer scan also found a lot more duplicates than the other programs did.

- I would have liked to have seen even more options to refine my search results, although I was able to get the job done with the options it had.

Summary

I was very happy with this software. I was using iTunes to manage my large MP3 library, but for some reason it was making copies of my MP3s for no reason. I had accumulated over 100,000 MP3s over the years, but it turned out that more than half of them were duplicates. That's way too many duplicates to try and delete by hand.

I had tried two other programs before this one, and neither one was able to get the job done, but this program worked great. I used it for MP3s, but I see no reason why it wouldn't work great for other types of files as well.

(Oh, and I ditched iTunes as well, so hopefully I won't have this problem again in the future.)

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.0
Version 3.0 has a great new look, speed tweaks under the hood, an updated selection assistant, and more.
General
Publisher DigitalVolcano
Publisher web site http://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk
Release Date June 20, 2012
Date Added June 25, 2012
Version 3.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
Download Information
File Size 4.93MB
File Name DuplicateCleaner_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,818,514
Downloads Last Week 7,171
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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