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FileMany

CNET Editors' review

CodePanic's FileMany is a free tool that scans your hard drives for duplicate files, which you can then choose to move, delete, or ignore. It uses a variety of customizable criteria to distinguish actual duplicates from merely similar data to help you avoid the regrettable error of deleting the wrong files. Even if duplicate files aren't a big issue, running FileMany before you clean or defragment your drives can make the process faster and help reduce errors. And if you boot from an SSD, especially a smaller one, FileMany can help you keep your free space free and prevent your drive from filling up and slowing down.

FileMany's installer offers two interface language options, English and Japanese. FileMany's user interface is a simple but stylish take on the standard Explorer layout: toolbar, sidebar with tree view, and a tabbed main window. FileMany's sidebar not only has the obligatory (and welcome) tree view for navigation but also an Image Preview tool, something else that is absolutely essential in a duplicate finder. The main window's tabs access Files, Folders, a Log, and duplicated files and folders, with the ability to search, clear, or delete files as needed. You'll want to have a look at the program's General Search Project Settings, which include the ability to specify search method. The default choice is hash, with a submenu for specifying the hash algorithm, but we could also search by file name, size, and binary as well as text. FileMany has quite a few other options for searching and excluding files, including by filename, extension, or attribute.

We ran a basic search on our main hard drive as well as a USB drive with backup directories. FileMany identified many duplicates, which we could delete or clear as needed. We saw no misidentified duplicates, either. And we like the ability to save searches as projects to run regularly. Some of the program's labels didn't translate from Japanese to English, and the Help file linked to a Wiki in Japanese, which could cause some confusion. If so, try one of the many similar freeware duplicate finders available.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This is dangerous deletes everything."

    December 9, 2012  |   By sstpgiby

    Version: FileMany 1.6.0.9

    Pros

    none this is junk

    Cons

    Many things I know I only had 1 copy of are gone now.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good, but not for the inexperienced."

    December 2, 2012  |   By bolx20

    Version: FileMany 1.6.0.9

    Pros

    Thorough, reasonably quick and does indeed remove all duplicate files, leaving one of each.

    Cons

    If used without caution can trash a lot of work because it can work too well!

    Summary

    I saw this just before I was about to do my annual system wipe and re-install, so with all my stuff backed up I let this loose on my system. I tried to think like a Noob and did what I would expect them to do, I checked every box and pressed the button!!! then went away and made a cup of coffee .

    Sure enough, by not using caution (in this case deliberately) it removed a lot of files that were needed, an example being within a folder containing websites I've made, all but one was stripped of its Index file as well as other files such as images. In total it removed 15.5GB of duplicates.

    Without the backup I'd already done, a lot of work would have been lost, so I would not recommend this to someone who is inexperienced.

    It's a good program but should be used with caution.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Nice Little Program"

    October 9, 2012  |   By rtbcomp

    Version: FileMany 1.6.0.7

    Pros

    Quite fast, leaves one file remaining in each group, as you'd expect!

    Cons

    No way to control which path in a group to delete files from.

    Downloads as a zip file, would be better with conventional installation wizard.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "High-speed"

    September 11, 2012  |   By rasuxo

    Version: FileMany 1.6.0.2

    Pros

    Multiple functions

    Cons

    Framework required

    Summary

    UI very easy to use, frequent updates, you can use an intuitive

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