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Exact Duplicate Finder

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Duplicate file finders were critical back in the pre-gigabyte era, but in some ways, today's terabyte-capacity drives make the problem just as bad. Not for space reasons, obviously, but because duplicates clog up your file system with redundant data that your computer still has to process. Duplicate files can make your searches take longer and return confusing or contradictory results. Enough duplicates together can even cause your system to run more slowly. And if you boot from a solid-state drive (SSD), particularly a smaller one, you're probably just as concerned about duplicates as users were back when hard drives were measured in megabytes. InDeep's Exact Duplicate Finder is portable freeware that searches your system for duplicates and compares them byte for byte to make sure you remove only actual duplicate files and not near-misses.

Exact Duplicate Finder is portable, so we extracted the executable file and clicked it to start the program. A compact user interface is anchored by a button labeled Paths and a tree view displaying all our drives. Creating and saving Paths tells Exact Duplicate Finder where to search. We used add-and-remove arrows to add Paths to the main view for searching. We could also browse to add paths and search by file type. Of course, you can search entire drives, too, but being specific saves time when you're pretty sure where duplicates are lurking.

We added our C drive's Music folder and the similar folder on our USB drive, and then pressed Search. Exact Duplicate Finder is thorough, and our scan took several minutes (another reason to be specific). Sorted results appeared in the Paths view under Groups; clicking on a Group displayed selected files. We just needed to click a file to preview it and verify its contents, and click Remove to delete any actual duplicates.

Maybe you boot from an SSD and need to reclaim disk space. Maybe you're careless with your MP3 collection and don't need four identical copies of "Surfin' Bird." Maybe you're like us, and the thought of duplicates irritates your sense of order. For all those reasons and probably many more, tools like Exact Duplicate Finder remain essential.

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3 stars

"Fast, effective, but lacking. Recommended"

August 18, 2015  |  By Drake_Master

2015-08-18 14:59:11  |  By Drake_Master

 |  Version: Exact Duplicate Finder


- Very accurate. I created two identical text files and a third with 1 changed character so they all have the same size. Picked up only the dupes. I appears to list all the files internally, and compare any pair or set of files with the exact same size to see if they're identical. Ignores timestamps and file names.
- Runs quite fast. Used it to find the dupes in a 3.3gig folder with several layers of subfolders and it quickly picked up roughly 200 duplicate files out of 6200 total.
- Gives option of deleting dupes, deleting to recycle bin, or moving dupes to a different folder.
- If dupes are moved to another folder, and that folder has a file with a clashing filename (example another dupe moved there in the same operation), the one being moved gets renamed automatically.
- If there are more than 1 duplicate, all dupes are grouped together and all but 1 get deleted when you give the go-ahead
- There are multiple ways to select which files among dupes to keep


- Interface needs some work. For example, it greys out folders without subfolders, yet it is very handy for filtering out dupes whether in the same folder or not
- Can be tricky to select which iteration of the file to keep. It can be done, but takes some getting used to


- Does what it should
- Does it quickly
- Needs some interface updates, but has no real cons
- No need to search for another program to get the job done

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5 stars

"Clean software - finds 100% matches only"

March 05, 2013  |  By indeepsoft

2013-03-05 09:46:43  |  By indeepsoft

 |  Version: Exact Duplicate Finder


It is clean, and it has been a clean software for years now. It is available in a zip archive, it can be extracted without installation, and can run as portable on Windows operating systems. Its clean and efficient design helps you spot and remove a fair amount of duplicates (files with identical content), without much effort.


Some features still under development.


Will help you spot identical files spread across your hard drives.
Identical files are grouped by location, which eases the removal process.

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1 stars

"Back from a meeting. Removed Iminent, the unwanted app."

February 25, 2013  |  By howard2374

2013-02-25 18:45:42  |  By howard2374

 |  Version: Exact Duplicate Finder


Don't see many. It did run and identified duplicate files,[even if they DO NOT have the same name] so I don't need to search for them. Then allows me to determine which ones to delete. I was able to remove the unwanted software and change my browser homepage back to my preferred configuration.


It installed software that changed my home page and my browser toolbar, as well as installing Iminent. I find this to be totally unacceptable in this day and age of cyber security. I will not ever download anything from this company again.


1. Does what it advertises.
2. Installed software I did not want without asking me.
3. Changed my browser home page AND toolbar without my consent.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version - paths in the list are sorted properly. - groups have locations sorted. - fixes and improvements. - support for Windows 10. - other improvements.
Publisher InDeep Software
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Release Date May 03, 2016
Date Added August 08, 2016
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements .NET Framework 2.0
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File Size 161.79KB
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Total Downloads 7,445
Downloads Last Week 2
License Model Free
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Price Free

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