Fast Duplicate File Finder

Fast Duplicate File Finder

Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 26 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.1.0.1
File Size:
2.66MB
Date Added:
June 06, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
46,174
Downloads Last Week:
256
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Fast Duplicate File Finder is a free version of a shareware tool. If you've tried duplicate finders before and are still recovering, not to worry: Fast Duplicate File Finder uses advanced algorithms that compare the actual binary content of a wide range of file types, not just name, size, and other attributes that may or may not be accurate indicators of duplicate files. It can search not only for 100 percent duplicates but also for similar files based on a variable level of similarity. As with all duplicate file finders, we recommend checking carefully before you delete anything it finds.

Fast Duplicate File Finder's interface has a familiar layout, with a main window and panels with draggable borders. We clicked Add Folder on the toolbar and selected a folder of digital snapshots, opting to scan subfolders as well. Our selections appeared in the Folders panel, including, surprisingly, the parent folder. We didn't want to scan the parent folder (it's large) so we clicked Remove Folder just below in the Scan options. We selected a 100 percent similar scan, though we also tried the feature that lets you scan for similar files based on a variable percentage of similarity that we selected from a rotary button, a useful feature that takes longer but finds resized and lower-quality copies. We clicked Start Scan, and the program quickly displayed all pairs and groups of duplicates in the main display, including size, directory, and other information, with the duplicates all checked for removal or deletion sorted by date and size of the file. The Preview pane let us see each file for visual verification. We simply checked those files we wanted to remove, unchecked those we didn't, selected a destination folder for the duplicates, and clicked Move Checked Files, though we could just as easily have deleted them. We opened the original and duplicate folders and verified that only duplicates had been moved. Fast Duplicate File Finder also lets users create, save, and return to Projects for regular checks.

The Free version of this program disables some of the Pro version's features, such as the Filters button, and limits some of its capabilities. It did a good job of finding duplicates, though, which is all we were hoping for.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.3

    out of 26 votes

    • 5 star: 16
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current Version:

    5.0

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "The only duplicate finder tool that worked for me"

    August 05, 2014   |   By tvcxx

    Version: Fast Duplicate File Finder 4.1.0.1

    Pros

    I tried to scan my 2 terrabyte drive with many similar tools.
    They either are extremely slow or they crash and can not complete at all.
    This is the only tools that was fast and reliable.

    Cons

    Nothing - see the PROS.

    Summary

    Highly recommended.

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  • 5 stars

    "A general purpose duplicate finder tool"

    July 20, 2014   |   By tripio2f

    Version: Fast Duplicate File Finder 4.1.0.1

    Pros

    This is a very nice free tool that can find duplicate files of any type.
    If you need to organize music or photos though I would recommend you to check the other two tools provided by this company.
    They are really great.

    Cons

    Not much to complain about - a free tool after all and better than some commercial alternatives.

    Summary

    Nice one for organizing files. Works on network drives too.

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  • 5 stars

    "Way faster than other similar tools"

    July 16, 2014   |   By SimonJohnson36

    Version: Fast Duplicate File Finder 4.1.0.1

    Pros

    This tools is really solid. Provides accurate results and scans extremely fast.
    The folders that other tools scanned for hours were scanned in just few minutes and the results are really accurate - I say this as I checked them. It was too disturbing that this tool is so fast which made me double-check the results. Conclusion - great tool with even greater performance.

    Cons

    I can not complain about such a cool free tool.

    Summary

    This one goes straight to my favorite tools.

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  • 5 stars

    "Solid tool - does not rely on CRC"

    July 11, 2014   |   By amanda881

    Version: Fast Duplicate File Finder 4.1.0.1

    Pros

    Most similar tools rely on CRC that may produce incorrect results. This one provides accurate results in very short time which is the most important thing for me.
    I can not risk deleting the wrong file using a CRC or MD5 tool.

    Cons

    The similarity mode is not available in the FREE version, but I placed an order as this tool is great and works on all file types.

    Summary

    A reliable duplicate finder - it is hard to find one as there are so many duplicate finders on the internet.

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  • 5 stars

    "This one does not make exception too"

    July 09, 2014   |   By daria29

    Version: Fast Duplicate File Finder 4.1.0.1

    Pros

    I downloaded VSDIF and Audio Dedupe from this company and they are both great tools. This one doe not make exception too and how great it is that such a PRO tools is provided for free!

    Cons

    No issues found!

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  • 5 stars

    "Does what it says and does it well"

    July 06, 2014   |   By twagazzz

    Version: Fast Duplicate File Finder 4.1.0.1

    Pros

    Not much to say - everything works just fine and with a FREE tool you can't go wrong. A better solution than commercial alternatives.

    Cons

    I do not recall anything negative about this one.

    Summary

    It is great that such quality tools are still available for free.

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  • 5 stars

    "This should be rated higher on CNET"

    July 06, 2014   |   By tlnhe79

    Version: Fast Duplicate File Finder 4.1.0.1

    Pros

    I usually do not write reviews, but this tools is not properly rated. I tried some other tools listed here on CNET and I think this one is WAY better and it is rated just 3.5 stars. I guess that rating is for an older version and should be revised.
    There is not much to say - I am amazed that they provide such a high quality tool for FREE.

    Cons

    As I already mentioned, the only problem I see is the low rating of CNET which almost turned me down. If you need a duplicate finder - this is the tool for you.

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  • 5 stars

    "Quality tools from MindGems"

    July 05, 2014   |   By taztx22

    Version: Fast Duplicate File Finder 4.1.0.1

    Pros

    I use most of the tools that this company provides and I like them all.
    Very high quality tools - it is evident that they have put effort in designing them in a way that is most intuitive. I never needed to check the helps files.
    I compared several of these tools and this is reliable - provides accurate results, works fast, has plenty of filtering options. The built-in preview is awesome and helps a lot in comparing files.

    Cons

    The similarity mode which is great is not included in the free version. The similar file names mode is fully functional though.

    Summary

    I used many duplicate finders over the years and it was so easy to switch to this one - I believe that clearly denotes that this tool was designed to be easy to use.
    It is FREE so give it a try.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great for a free tool"

    July 05, 2014   |   By lindsey999

    Version: Fast Duplicate File Finder 4.1.0.1

    Pros

    This is a very nice tool and best of all it is FREE.
    I purchased the Duplicate Image Finder and Audio Dedupe tools from this company and I am really impressed.
    -Easy to use interface
    -Internal preview
    -Very fast scan (compared to other tools that I tried)
    -FREE

    Cons

    Nothing to complain about from a free tool - it is even better than commercial ones.

    Summary

    If you need a duplicate finder this one will do the job and it will do it right.
    If you want to find similar photos or similar audio files try the other two duplicated finder products from this company - I love them.

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  • 5 stars

    "Does the job well"

    June 14, 2014   |   By rtbcomp

    Version: Fast Duplicate File Finder 4.1.0.1

    Pros

    Easy to configure, allows you to move duplicate files to a safe folder - just in case!

    Cons

    Can't think of any, the paid-for version has some extra goodies.

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