Find duplicate files in your Windows system with SearchMyFiles utility
SearchMyFiles utility provide a special search mode that allows you to easily find duplicate files in your system. When you switch to the 'Duplicates Search' mode, SearchMyFiles scans the files according to your preferences, like it does in the regular mode, but instead of displaying the list of all files, it only displays the files with identical content (duplicate files).
In order to start using the duplicates search, simply set the Search Mode combo-box in the search options window to 'Duplicates Search'. It's also highly recommended to narrow the search by setting time, size or subfolder depth restrictions, because if don't set additional restrictions, the duplicate search might be very slow.
In the following example (in the screenshot), SearchMyFiles was configured to search for duplicate files under c:\users but only for files that their size is greater than 1000 bytes:
During the duplicate search, there are 2 stages. In the first stage, SearchMyFiles scans all files and folders according to your selection, but without adding any file to the main window. The scan in the first stage is only made for collecting the files list, but without reading the files. In the second stage, SearchMyFiles compare all files with equal size, and when it find 2 or more files with identical content, they are added to the duplicates list in the main window.
After the scan is finished, the duplicates list looks like in the following screenshot:
Each chunk of duplicates files are painted with different color (There are up to 64 different colors) and there is also a 'Duplicate Number' column, which allows you to easily sort the list according to the duplicates order.
SearchMyFiles is not just another duplicate files finder. It allows you to search duplicate
files only with specific criteria, instead of scanning your entire hard-drive, so the
duplicate files scan will be relatively fast.
Here's some examples of duplicate search queries that you can do with SearchMyFiles utility:
- Find all duplicate files with .avi extension that their size is larger than 5000 KB.
- Find all duplicate files under c:\my files folder that were created on years 2005 - 2007.
- Find only the duplicate files that their size is smaller than 1000 bytes.
- Find only the duplicate files with 'hidden' attribute.
- Find all duplicate files that were created in the last 30 days.
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