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How do I search for duplicate files on my External Hard Drive?

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How do I search for duplicate files on my External Hard Drive


To search for duplicate files on your external hard drive, follow these steps...

  1. Download, install and launch Duplicate Sweeper.
  2. Click "Add Folder" and select the folders on your external hard drive that you wish to search for duplicates.
  3. Once all the required folders have been added, click "Start Duplicate Search" to begin the search.
  4. You can remove duplicate files from your external drive by clicking on "Recycle Duplicates" in Duplicate Sweeper.
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Further Information

To search folders and files from your external hard drive for duplicates, open Duplicate Sweeper and click "Add Folder" at the bottom of the Welcome screen. Browse for a folder on your external hard drive that you'd like to perform a duplicate search on.

Select the folder on your external hard drive that you wish to sweep for duplicates and click "Start Duplicate Search".

Find duplicate files on your external hard drive

Duplicate Sweeper will search your folders for duplicate files and list any duplicates that it finds under the "Duplicate Groups" column header. Each duplicate group will have a total number of duplicates, please see the number in the grey box in the screenshot below.

Delete duplicate files from external drive

You can then manually select each duplicate group, and tick the duplicate files which you would like to remove. Alternatively, you can allow Duplicate Sweeper to automatically select which duplicate files to remove by selecting either "Keep Newest Files" or "Keep Oldest Files" from the Duplicates dropdown menu. Once you're happy with your selections, please click "Recycle Selected Duplicates". Duplicate Sweeper will display a screen showing you the duplicate files it will remove as below.

Confirm Deletion

From here, you can review files which will be removed by Duplicate Sweeper and to confirm the removal, please click "Recycle Duplicates"

Note that depending on your setup, duplicates on an external drive may be permanently deleted, rather than being moved to the Recycle Bin. Please search for duplicates in a folder first to make sure Duplicate Sweeper is working correctly for you before proceeding to scan your entire drive. We would also advise you to make a a backup of the files elsewhere before going through with the duplicate removal.

For more details on how to use Duplicate Sweeper please see the Duplicate Sweeper User guide.

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