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?

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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. From here, you'll be able to select which duplicates you'd like to remove. Select which duplicates to remove, and click "Recycle Duplicates". The removed files will be moved to your Recycle Bin (PC) or Trash Can (Mac).

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

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Latest Comments

Delores Steele wrote...
How do I remove duplicate emails from my msn/outlook
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Delores Steele Emails for these applications are not stored as individual files on your computer. As such, it is not possible to remove duplicate emails using Duplicate Sweeper.
Alfred Schaefer wrote...
I found music files in 3 categories: Not In iTunes; Fix Track Info; and Missing Tracks. How can I delete them?
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Alfred Schaefer These three categories each perform different functions.

The Not in iTunes section displays tracks on your computer that are not in iTunes. Tune Sweeper can add these to your iTunes library but cannot remove them from your computer.

The Fix Track Info section displays tracks in iTunes that are missing track information. For these tracks, Tune Sweeper can downloaded the missing track data. It cannot however remove these tracks in this section.

The Missing Tracks section displays tracks listed in iTunes but the file is missing from the location iTunes expects it to be. To remove these tracks from iTunes: click the Remove All Missing Tracks button. Alternatively, you can select one or more of the listed tracks and then click to only remove the selected tracks.
Telesforo Reyes wrote...
HI I am afraid that duplicate sweeper was not working for me could I get a refund please?
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Telesforo Reyes I am sorry to hear that Duplicate Sweeper has not worked for you on this occasion and will issue a refund for your purchase. Please allow up to 10 days for the funds to appear back into your account.
Sharon wrote...
Hi, I have run Duplicate Sweeper through my external hard drive, but it had not detected all my duplicate photos I have 17, 000 plus photos that have been restored from a faulty hard drive! They have been repeated over and over again! But my sweeper has only removed a quarter of them!
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Sharon Please open a support ticket on our online helpdesk and one of our technical support team will be able to assist your further.
Jacqueline Ann Gomez wrote...
where do I go to see the stuff that was removed in case I want to get it back?
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Jacqueline Ann Gomez Removed files are sent to your recycle bin. You can restore files you want back from there. Please note that emptying or deleting the files from your recycle bin will permanently delete the files.
paul chicarell wrote...
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@paul chicarell Duplicate Sweeper scans for duplicate files within the folders specified. It searches for duplicate files rather than duplicate content within files.