Duplicate files are one of the most hateful problems in my vision. They clutter the disk, make it harder to find the right file, takes up precious disk space (if the files have a larger size), and what not! Windows is still ages away from giving us a duplicate file finding feature. But there are various other tools available out there to help you get rid of those pesky duplicate files. Here I have listed 6 of the best duplicate file finders you can use in windows10.
List Of Best Duplicate File Finders For Windows10
Note: While clearing the duplicate files, always keep in mind to exclude Windows System folders from search and clean up. If you accidentally delete any crucial system files (since they often come as duplicates), it can wreak a havoc on your PC.
1. Auslogics Duplicate File Finder
Auslogics Duplicate File Finder is a free software which gives you the functionality similar to most of the paid solutions out there. Apart from scanning your whole computer, you can select individual folders too. While looking for Duplicates you can search for matches based on various parameters like File Type, Minimum/Maximum file size, File Name, Date Of Creation etc.
One of the most impressive features of Auslogics is its smart algorithm, It uses intelligent algorithms to compare not only file names but also contents to ensure no false search results. File content is matched with MD5 Checksum, but the downside is you don’t get the byte-by-byte comparison (which is far more accurate but slower). But Hey, Its totally free and User interface is quite neat and clean.
2. Duplicate Files Finder
Although this tool has an old and boring user interface, its best at what it does ie. finding duplicates. What makes it so impressive is, it offers Byte-by-Byte comparison (which is rare in a free program). And a blazing fast search with its intelligent algorithms. And it’s available for Linux Too.
It has a various number of search parameters, such as file types, name, wildcard extensions and ability to find empty and hidden files. If you can make peace with its era old UI, then I would recommend you to give it a shot. It’s one of the best duplicate file finders out there.
Now, this is some interesting kind of tool, apart from being free and offering Byte-By-Byte comparison. It can locate duplicate files in your Network Drives too, (which is pretty hard to find in paid tools, if not impossible). CloneSpy can find Duplicate files have exactly the same contents regardless of their name, date, time and location. Also, CloneSpy is able to find files that are not exactly identical but have the same file name. It’s extremely helpful when you have different versions of a file and you want to find all of them and remove the older versions. CloneSpy can also find zero length files. These are files that have no content.
4. Doppelganger (Paid)
Doppelganger is a paid tool which makes you hunt for duplicate files much easier, thanks to its neat and easy to understandable User Interface. With Doppelganger, you get standard features of a duplicate file finder. But this tool gives you an extra feature, that is finding duplicates in external drives ex. USB Drive, External HDD, Digital Cameras etc. It also put Windows Folders out of scan (by default), since accidental deletion of windows files can wreak havoc on your Computer.Doppelganger scans for duplicates on the basis of basic parameters like file type, name. date, size, location etc. It also searches on the basis of file content using MD5 Checksum.
Doppelganger comes at a price of $14.95, while you get a 15-Day Free Trial to try it out.
5. Duplicate Searcher
In my personal opinion, out of all the tools listed here, you should give this one a try. Let me tell you why. Because it is the most feature-rich tool on this list and its Free.
Some of the notable features are:
- Fast search engine (byte-to-byte comparison and hard link detection algorithm)
- Detailed visualization of duplicate files, NTFS hard links, junction points and symbolic links.
- Shows fragmentation of files.
- Shows compressed NTFS files in color coding.
- Allows to replace files with NTFS hard links (Makes it impossible to recover a file with any other tool once its NTFS its deleted)
- Allows compressing of files on the NTFS volumes.
With this much plethora of features, it is certainly the Best Duplicate File Finder in existence. While the downside is, its least user-friendly on this list and aged interface which looks more like a dialogue box. But hey, it works better than any other on this list.
I Bet You Saw This Coming, Didn’t You?
I don’t think that this tool needs any introduction. In fact, many of you have used it even in Android. With a sigh of relief, I can say that It does one thing better than any other tools on this list. With its User-Friendly Interface which just looks pleasant to eyes, Piriform’s CCleaner surely takes the crown. This tool isn’t a dedicated Duplicate file finder, rather it is resource optimizer tool for giving you a faster computing experience like RAM Cleaning, Defragmenting etc, So it features are limited.
But still, it offers the basic features like finding duplicates on the basis of attributes like File Name, Type, Size, Content. Ignoring System Files, Empty Files, Hidden Files. And Even Byte-by-byte comparison.CCleaner is a Freemium Tool, with a free basic version and upgrade for more features. But “Duplicate File Finder” tool comes with Free Tier, so you don’t have to spend any extra penny.
Seek and Destroy Duplicates with Best Duplicate File Finders.
And there you are with the solution for those pesky duplicates, with 6 Tools to choose from. Some Tools are monstrously powerful like Duplicate file searcher, with a downside of buggy interface and hampered user friendliness, hence making it harder to use for some of you. While tools like CCleaner does give a pleasant and easy usability but with far fewer features. Then there is Doppelganger, offering best of both worlds, but with a price tag. At the end of the day, it is up to you to decide which one will work best for you.
Do you know of any other Duplicate File Finder tools which deserve to be mentioned here? Do let us know in comments.
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