Duplicate File Finder

Duplicate File Finder

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 232 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.4
  • Total Downloads:
    578,913
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 25, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    795.27KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,103
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Duplicate File Finder searches your computer for copies of files and deletes them for you with your approval. This helps to free up space on your hard drive, and it also helps to avoid confusion when you're looking for a particular file, so you don't have to sort through various versions to pick the right one.

Pros

Types of searches: In order to efficiently find the types of duplicate files you're looking for, you can choose one of two search methods. For instance, you can have the app search for files with the same name, or you can have it analyze the actual content of the files byte by byte to find files with different names but the same or very similar content.

Smooth process: To start the scanning process, all you need to do is drag and drop folders or browse to add them straight through the software. You can add as many of these as you'd like to at once, and the scans are completed quickly. Results show up in a clear list with all but one of the duplicates checked for deletion. However, if there is a particular version of the file you'd like to keep, you can adjust which copies are deleted. You can also decide whether you want to delete files permanently or just move them to the Recycle Bin for the moment.

Cons

Cluttered interface: You have to scan through all of the Pro options to find the few features available to free users, which can be both time consuming and frustrating.

Bottom Line

Duplicate File Finder works smoothly and offers a nice set of features. Even the free version works well and can help you free up a lot of space on your hard drive, as long as you don't mind working around all the Pro options displayed in the interface.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.2

    out of 11 votes

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

    3.7

    out of 232 votes

    • 5 star 111
    • 4 star 41
    • 3 star 18
    • 2 star 15
    • 1 star 47
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1 stars

"Paid program ONLY. Free only finds files!"

December 11, 2014  |  By victor-bailey

 |  Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

Pros

Since I could not use the program with out upgrading to the pro version, I can't really find anything to say positive about how it works.

Cons

This is a paid only program that is listed as being free to use. Almost all useful functionality is disabled until you pay. This is fine, but it should not be listed as being free.

Summary

I don't like being lied to. I don't mind that people want to earn money, but it really chaps me when a program is listed as free and you go through all the work of installing and running it, only to find out that you have to pay to do anything with it. All you can do with this program, for free, is download it and find duplicate files. If you want to move, copy, rename, export or delete any of the duplicates this program finds, you have to upgrade to the Pro version which cost $39. Considering that most people, like me, will only need to use this program once every few years, $39 is a very hefty price on par with high quality programs like Norton Internet Security, Dragon Natural Speaking, Corel Video Studio and the like. A little program like this should not be in that price range. I might have considered paying if it were a more reasonable price.

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3 stars

"OK, but the Pro version keeps disappearing. ARGHH!!!!!"

December 03, 2014  |  By daveedwards1103

 |  Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

Pros

Easy to use, pretty fast, not too expensive.

Cons

Pro version required to do more than one hard drive, but beware. About every month, the pro-version reverts back to the std. Free Version and it will not allow you to re-activate with the original activation code. So, you have to email the company, requesting a new activation code. Three or so days later, they give you one but require you to re-install the program. And it happens over and over again, and they make no effort to fix it.

Summary

Good program, but not worth the grief of having to reinstall the pro version every month and not being able to use something that you have paid for.

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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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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 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7
Additional Requirements .NET Framework 4.0
Download Information
File Size 795.27KB
File Name dfsetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 578,913
Downloads Last Week 2,103
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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