I've noticed a tendency that comes from larger, cheaper hard rives. I pay less attention to duplicates of data, music, and especially, photos. What difference does it make when you have a half terabyte of storage?
Those of us running on laptops may be a little more sensitive, but I found a little utility called CloneSpy that's opened my eyes a little.
CloneSpy is a duplicate file-finder that doesn't just search for duplicate file names, it searches for duplicate bits. That is, it searches for duplicate files that may even have different file names but contain the same date.
I thought I'd take a break from pruning and write about it because it's already found 225MB of duplicate files and it's only gone through five percent of "My Documents." Yikes? I feel like I'm reasonably careful to avoid saving duplicate information too, but apparently not.
CloneSpy works pretty intuitively and seems be careful to avoid letting you delete important stuff.
My only beef so far with it is that you have to make a decision on each group of duplicate files, rather than handling them in a larger batch. On the other hand, I suppose that keeps people like me from becoming "delete happy" and losing something important.
via Download Squad