Optimizing disk space is really important. There is a limit on how much we can store in our computer. As days’ pass, we need more and more disk space to store our files.
This problem gets bigger if you are using SDD’s. As we know they are really expensive and limited in storage capacity. And buying SDD with bigger capacity could take a lot of money out of your pocket. Due to these circumstances, the problem of duplicate files is not what we can turn our eyes from.
If you are trying to back up your PC, duplicate files make it bigger for no reason. So, here we have made a list of tools which can help you in finding and deleting duplicate files and saving your precious disk space.
Best Tools to Find and Remove Duplicate Files
There are a lot of Softwares available in the market which can help you in finding redundant files. Here, we have tested lots of tools and choose some of the best considering various factors.
dupeGuru, dupeGuru Music Edition, and dupeGuru Pictures Edition
dupeGuru is the best Software for finding duplicate files. It comes in three editions- dupeGuru, dupeGuru Music Edition, and dupeGuru Music Edition. dupeGuru Music Edition is specialized for finding similar music files. It can even find similar songs which are having different bitrates. The dupeGuru Pictures Edition finds similar pictures and for this purpose, it uses a special algorithm called “fuzzy match” algorithm. Fuzzy match algorithm can find files which are similar but not identical; that is- copies of the same photo which are cropped, filtered or slightly edited and consider them as a duplicate.
dupeGuru is free, open-source Software having a very simple user interface. It does not come with any toolbars and junkware. Finding duplicate files is really easy, just select the folder, and click scan. You will see a list of duplicate files, you can choose which files to delete. You can also open a particular file by double-clicking on it.
Note: The official site of dupeGuru denotes that Windows is no longer supported, but the links which are mentioned under old versions works fine even with Windows 10.
Duplicate Cleaner comes in two versions- free and paid (pro). The free version of Duplicate Cleaner provides simple user interface along with basic scanning feature. The paid version contains the same interface but with additional features. It does not come with any toolbars and junkware. Duplicate Cleaner provides good UI that scans your internal drives along with external storage. The paid version can find similar music and pictures which are somewhat different.
The pro versions come with 15 days of trial after that you can decide to buy it or use the free version.
If you have got so many pictures on your hard drive, gathered from different sources, then you might definitely have many duplicates. In such case, VisiPics is the best Software for you. It is designed by keeping photos in mind. It is free, fast with very simple and features rich user interface.
It not only looks for identical files but, goes beyond that. It can find a duplicate picture with two different resolution, it can also find copies of the same picture which are slightly edited. It can even find duplicate pictures which are in a different format like JPG and PNG.
Duplicate Files Finder
Duplicate File Finder is another good option to find and remove duplicate files. It is free, fast and provides a simple user interface. Duplicate File Finder uses somewhat different approach while scanning, it looks for files with the same size then it checks for content similarity and decides if they are duplicates of each other or not.
This means you won’t get the “similar but not identical” feature which other Softwares provide. But, the upside is- it is fast and if you don’t care about somewhat similar files, you can save a lot of time on scanning.
This Software is already popular among many users but, not for finding duplicate files. Many users might not even know that CCleaner has a feature to find and remove duplicate files. CCleaner provides simple UI with many other functionalities. It might not perform as good as above Softwares but it provides simple scanning function which will help you in identifying duplicate files. And it also provides other great features which help you in deleting unnecessary files.
On the last note, make sure you are not deleting any of system file even if they are a duplicate. A system tends to keep copies of some files at different places but it is not safe to delete them.
This is not the entire list of Softwares available for duplicate file search. There are tons of Software available in the market but, we have picked a few which are free and do not try to install any bloatware or junkware in your system. If you know any such Software that is not on this list but you think it deserves to be, then make sure to comment it down below.