Duplicate File Finder

Duplicate File Finder

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 230 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.4
  • Total Downloads:
    572,036
  • Date Added:
    April 25, 2014
  • File Size:
    795.27KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,333
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

Editors' Review

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Once upon a time, duplicate files were so evil that no expense and effort was spared to hunt them down, terminate them, and erase every trace of their existence. Hard drives grew, and duplicate files became less of a problem. Then came digital cameras, MP3s, and video, and suddenly duplicate files are once again threatening to take over the world, but today's duplicates are sometimes bigger than entire hard drives were back when dupes were space-sucking villains.

Fortunately, the duplicate file finders have kept pace, and today's tools are far better than yesterday's at identifying and filtering duplicates without removing the wrong files. Duplicate File Finder from AshiSoft not only does its job well, but it's also easy to use. It works with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows versions and requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.

When Duplicate File Finder's installer finished, the program's quick start Web page opened in our browser. This page offers step-by-step instructions illustrated by clear, annotated screenshots. Duplicate File Finder's interface is attractive, with lots of Aero touches, but all business, too. We started with the Search Options tab, specifying how we wanted to configure our search. Next we added a Path on the Location tab and then added those folders we wanted the tool to skip to the Exclusions tab. A Protected Folders tab let us protect specific folders from accidental deletion--a good idea, especially if you use a system cleaner or other tools that delete files. Our search finished quickly, and the results appeared in the Results List with location, date added, size, and other file information. We could also view duplicates in a preview pane to make sure they were in fact duplicates and not just similar in some way. Once we'd selected all our duplicates, we could take several kinds of action, including marking, moving, copying, and deleting files.

Duplicate File Finder searched not only our hard drives but also removable drives, so it can find duplicates on a memory stick or thumbdrive before you transfer them to your PC. It also searches networked PCs. It's easy to use, fast, flexible, and offers lots of help.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.4

    out of 9 votes

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  • All Versions

    3.7

    out of 230 votes

    • 5 star 111
    • 4 star 41
    • 3 star 17
    • 2 star 15
    • 1 star 46
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5 stars

"My computer now runs faster than it did before.."

November 17, 2014  |  By johny212

 |  Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

Pros

I really like the fact that you can scan separate files and then delete all but the last file. Once you do that, you can run programs to make sure everything runs smoothly before emptying the recycle bin and moving on to other files to repeat the procedure. I got rid of nearly 25 gigs of duplicate files and my computer now runs faster than it did before. This one is fool proof.

Cons

None notice... Its free no regrets.

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1 stars

"Poor detection - not free"

November 14, 2014

 |  Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

Pros

1. This tool is not free
2. It does not work

Cons

Waste of time.

Summary

There are better really FREE alternatives!

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4 stars

"I found the program easy to use"

October 19, 2014  |  By DragonGoch

 |  Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

Pros

It does what it says removed duplicates , quickly and efficiently.Its report screen is good as you can review the duplicate as well as its match that will be left on the drive

Cons

As mentioned alot of the cool options are only available in the upgraded version , its a shame that you have to buy the Pro edition to try these features out .

Summary

It does its job and not many freebee's these days offer that most of the time there is some hidden or fine print to restrict full use .

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1 stars

"Pro feature activation requires 48-hr wait for support."

October 18, 2014  |  By rktanner

 |  Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

Pros

I wouldn't know. Ashisoftt has not permitted me to activate the product, despite that it acknowledges I paid for it.

Cons

Ashisoft's anti-piracy scheme appears to be to bar activation except by contacting support and waiting 24 to 48 hours for Ashisoft to manually activate the pro features, without which the software is hopelessly crippled. Morevoer, Ashisoft does not disclose that said manual activation appears to be temporary.

A software publisher has a right to protect its product from piracy. However it should be required to forgo that right unless it can demonstrate that its programmers are competent enough to create an anti-piracy scheme that does not inconvenience its customers. Ashisoft's "Attempt to activate, then contact support, then we'll set our database when we get to it" is not a consumer-oriented -- or very clever -- scheme.

Not incidentally, Ashisoft's website falsely claims 24/7 support. What Ashisoft actually means is that one can create a support ticket 24/7. Responding to said support ticket, Ashisoft admits that resolution will take at least 24 to 48 hours.

Summary

I Purchased Duplicate File Finder Pro activation less than 60 days ago in order to complete a rush project. My attempt to activate the pro features resulted in an "All activations have been used" error. Upon opening a support ticket, I received a reply that resolution would take at least 24 to 48 hours. I thus purchased and completed my project with a competitive duplicate file finder. Ashisoft responded a day or two later, informing that it had "reset its database." I purposefully did not install Duplicate File Finder then out of concern that doing so might potentially lead to further activation issues.

Today, I again required a duplicate file finder. I installed and attempted to activate Duplicate File Finder. Again I received an "All activations have been used" error message." I.e., somehow between the time Ashisoft allegedly "reset its database" less than 60 days ago, despite that I did not install the software at all, Ashisoft's anti-piracy scheme determined that I had exceeded the allowed number of activations. Such a "scheme" can only be, "Send a support ticket and we'll enable activation when we get to it."

I don't give a whit how well software performs, when I pay for it I expect to be able to use it within a matter of minutes. Ashisoft apparently believes it's fine to make customers wait days, and to additionally make activation a test of patience.

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5 stars

"Very Useful. I love it!!!"

September 25, 2014  |  By marikeet

 |  Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

Pros

It fast, free and accurate.

Cons

None. Its great and free.

Summary

It scanned about 10GB of folders I chose in 5 min so time was not wasted on folders I did not need to scan. It found lots of duplicate photos. It shows the photos so I can compare. It has check marks by all of the duplicates so they could be deleted at once, but I did not try that. I used the name of the folder locations given for each duplicate to find and compare what I wanted to keep or delete. It lets me sort the results by date, type of file and other choices. I was able to save my search to run it again. This was good because I have more duplicates than I can look at in one sitting. It seems like I could save lots of time by letting it choose the dups and just deleting them, but I wanted to make sure and deleted things manually. It did not seem to make any mistakes that I found, but I needed to do it the slow way for my own peace of mind. Some complained about upgrade message when closing program. But its only one click to make it go away. So not a problem to me for something free.

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2 stars

"Why is this Spectacular?"

September 15, 2014  |  By chubaka67

 |  Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

Pros

multiple folder option
include subfolders option

Cons

almost every time you go do something it is disabled in the free version. This results in clutter because of all these functions that cannot be used. These are some of the functions that need the paid for version. (currently 29.99):
find duplicate folders
find duplicate music files
filter by file name
filter by file date
filter by hidden files
exclusions
protected folders
smart auto select functions

Summary

5 stars if it was free
2 stars for the free version (not sure why cnet gave 5 stars?)

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5 stars

"The Best Free Duplicate File Finder"

August 01, 2014  |  By laskass

 |  Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

Pros

It is the best in class software which not only finds the duplicate files but look for duplicate folders also which i did not find in any other software...

Cons

none i see

Summary

It easily finds and remove music duplicate files, images and videos. matching file contents byte by byte gives us the 100% true results.

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3 stars

"pretty good"

June 07, 2014  |  By cookiebun

 |  Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

Pros

finds duplicates.

Cons

very annoying splash screen on exit pointing to cnet review.

Summary

Yes it finds duplicates.
Con: almost all advanced features are disabled with the nag "this feature is available in the pro edition"
Con Seriously irritating splash screen opens when you attempt to exit program:
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When I click "exit" I expect to exit. Deal killer for me. Will not buy.

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5 stars

"Finds almost all duplicate files"

May 05, 2014  |  By Prof321

 |  Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

Pros

I like this program for several reasons: it finds duplicate files, enables one to easily remove them, and will save the removed files for you in case you want to restore them.

Cons

None that I can see.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.4
Version 5.4:
  • Full Unicode Support
  • Optimize to Find Duplicate Files Faster
  • Optimize Folder Duplicate Finder
  • Fixed Minor Bugs
General
Publisher Ashisoft
Publisher web site http://www.ashisoft.com
Release Date April 25, 2014
Date Added April 25, 2014
Version 5.4
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements .NET Framework 4.0
Download Information
File Size 795.27KB
File Name dfsetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 572,036
Downloads Last Week 2,333
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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