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Folder Size Pro – $400 Giveaway. Free Up To 50% Disk Space – Cleanup Disks

Folder Size Pro

Folder Size PRO – Professional Disk Cleanup Tool

MindGems provides 10 licenses for Folder Size PRO in this giveaway

Entering takes just few clicks – no endless surveys. Find the rules at the bottom of this post.

Folder Size is a popular disk cleanup tool. It can quickly scan all folders, drives, removable storage or network locations in order to display the distribution of the disk space. The results are presented using neat tables and charts and can be quickly sorted in order to identify the largest folders and the largest files. There are options to save the results, export or print, which allows the data to be stored for further analysis.

The main benefits of using Folder Size are:

  • Easily identify wasted disk space – all files and folders are listed sorted by size
  • Quickly identify and clean up the locations that waste the largest amount of disk space. The tools lists the largest files and/or folders including their sub-folders.
  • Print folders (directories) and files
  • Export disk usage reports in XML, CSV, PDF, JPG and other file formats.
  • Scan local drives, network locations and removable disks and media.

Folder Size is a “Must Have” tool in the disk cleanup process. Do not forget to check also the FREE Duplicate File Finder, Duplicate Photo Finder and Duplicate Songs Finder.

How To Enter This Giveaway?

Use the widget below in order to enter this giveaway. Once you log in via FB or e-mail there are multiple entry options. You can share, tweet, like, Google+ etc. Use the arrow that points to the right at the bottom of the widget to skip an entry option. There are 10 options that you can use in order to join the giveaway. If you use all the 10 options you have a higher chance to win. The more entries you make the higher chance you have to win this great tool.

The tweeter option will earn you an extra entry point for every person that joins the giveaway by following the link in your tweet.

Good luck to all participants!

Fastest Duplicate File Finder by MindGems Inc. – Remove Duplicates From Network, Computer or External Storage for FREE

Find Duplicate Files Free

Free Duplicate File Finder

The Fastest and The Most Precise Free Duplicate File Finder Just Got Even Better and Faster

MindGems Inc. tools are recognized for their quality and performance and the FREE Fast Duplicate File Finder makes no exception. Version 3.7.0.1 of this popular freeware duplicate remover tool adds even more features and performance improvements.

Two search modes in this release are optimized. The improvements in the “100% Equal Files” mode are tremendous when scanning large file volumes. The improved algorithm can be thousands of times faster depending on the quantity and size of the scanned files. There are huge performance optimizations also for the auto-check and the final stage of the scan where the application required longer time to finalize for large quantities of files.

The “Similar Files” mode which is available in the PRO version of the product is now also optimized and more stable. Nevertheless let me remind here that this is not the commonly advertised FUZZY search method that provides low quality results. The search for similar files inside Fast Duplicate File Finder PRO performs advanced algorithms in order to find truly similar files and can recognize two similar documents even if entire paragraphs are rearranged.

Some additional command line options are added to the PRO version of the tool in order to help with the automation of duplicate finding tasks. To the already present -run option our developers have added the options -s and -exp.

-exp <semicolon delimited list of export formats> – Export command line parameter. Depending on the file extension will export the corresponding file type. Multiple formats can be exported at once by separating the paths with semicolons. The variables {DATE} and {TIME} will be replaced with the current date and time.

-s – stands for SILENT. Using the option the GUI will not be displayed during the scan and the application will exit after the command line actions are processed.

Example: DupFileFinder.exe -run -s -exp “c:\result_{DATE} {TIME}.xml;c:\result_{DATE} {TIME}.fdff;c:\result_{DATE} {TIME}.csv”

The {DATE} and {TIME} variables are useful to keep track of the scan data and tag it with the corresponding date and time.

While Fast Duplicate File Finder is a great free tool, I would recommend you to check also the dedicated duplicate photo finder and duplicate music finder tools that are designed to organize photo and music collections. While Fast Duplicate File Finder can find duplicate files of any type you can read here why we provide dedicated duplicate finder tools.

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Free Disk Cleanup – how to do it?

Disk Cleanup

Disk Cleanup

Three Easy Steps for a Disk Cleanup

Over time computer users download, copy, save multiple versions of files and often forget them in some hidden corner of the disk drive. Even though the storage  sizes have grown quite large lately and a terabyte of disk space is something common, the size of the media files has grown proportionally too. This puts the situation back in the starting point where disk space is never enough. In the busy world today it is difficult to keep an organized computer or laptop and even the most pedantic individuals sometimes fail to keep track of all the data. Luckily there are plenty of options to solve these issues.

Freeing up disk space by cleaning up temporary file

Using the built in Windows disk cleanup tools will not solve the issue completely, but is a good starting point for this task. Getting rid of the temporary files scattered in multiple locations can sometime restore gigabytes of disk space.
How to run the Windows built-in disk cleanup tool:

  • Click Start, and then click Run. In the Open box, type cleanmgr, and then click OK.
  • Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup.

The tool will delete temporary files, clean your recycle bin and also remove old downloads.

Freeing up disk space by analyzing folder sizes and removing large files

The easiest thing to do in order to quickly restore large amounts of disk space is to remove the largest unnecessary files first. The standard Windows tools will not help much in this task and such information is missing in Windows Explorer. Fortunately the Folder Size freeware from MindGems can accomplish this task quickly. The tool reveals the largest files and the largest folders in a neat table and also presents the information using bar and pie charts. A preview of the main application window can be found below:

Folder Size Application Window

Folder Size Application Window

Eliminating redundant data by removing duplicate files

The next important task in the disk cleanup process is to remove duplicate files. Again such feature is not available in Windows, but there are plenty of duplicate file finders that you can choose from. Users should be careful when choosing the ones that suits their needs though, as some of these tools may look at file names or file sizes and present incorrect results. The file name is not important when  the word comes to duplicate files, as the file content is important in such case. A good tool should perform a real byte-to-byte file analysis in order to identify duplicates. The free Duplicate File Finder tool from MindGems provides accurate and reliable results combined with a fast performance.

Duplicate Finder

Duplicate Finder

Fast Duplicate File Finder has plenty of options and scan methods and can identify also files with similar content (different revisions of a file) and files with similar names (MyCv1.doc, MyCv2012.doc, Cv2013.doc etc.).

Performing the above steps on a regular basis will help in keeping an organized computer system with a minimum of redundant data.

This article applies to the following operating systems:

Desktop OS: Window 8 / Widnows 7 / Windows Vista/Windows XP / Windows 98 including x86 and x64 32 bit and 64 bit operating systems.
Server OS: Windows Server 2003 / Home Server / Server 2008 / EBS 2008 / HPC Server 2008 / Server 2008 R2 / Home Server 2011 / Server 2012 / MultiPoint Server / Small Business Server

Analyze tree sizes – Folder Size 1.8.0.0 Freeware

Tree Sizes

Folder Size

Analyze the tree sizes quickly with the help of Folder Size 1.8.0.0

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Folder Size – Freeware

The new version comes packed with lots of new features and improvements.

The chart can now be used to navigate and it’s performance is dramatically improved. In addition to the new chart improvements there is also an option to export it as JPEG image.

A lot of new shortcuts are added including CTRL+C that will copy the path to the current item in the clipboard. The Alt+Left and Alt+Right shortcuts will navigate through the browse history which can now also be controlled via the special shortcuts on your keyboard or mouse. Please check the help file for a complete list of the available shortcuts.

The columns in the files list can be rearranged by dragging and also be hidden/displayed via context menu that will pop-up by right clicking on the header.

The  improved support for Windows 7 will better handle symlinks. Error logging is provided in case of issues caused by files with bad data. Folder Size 1.8.0.0 better handles files with issues and will not terminate the scan in case of damaged file data.

For a complete list of all the changes in this release please check the Folder Size’s What’s New Section.

If you have any suggestions or you need a feature do not hesitate to mail us. You can use our online contact form to do that too.

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Find Duplicate Files Free – Fast Duplicate File Finder 2.8.0.1 is released

Duplicate File Finder

Free Duplicate File Finder

Fast Duplicate File Finder 2.8.0.1 is available for download. In the new version you can pause and continue the scan process. The duplicates list can now be customized via the new tab in the options. You can choose which columns to be visible and which not. If you are unchecking a selection of files and there is a manually checked file in the list a warning message will be displayed. Hints in the filter dialog will display the full folder location if it doesn’t fit in the “Don’t Scan Folders” box. The improved folder selection dialog will let you select multiple folders simultaneously. The preview window has a lot of improvements and now uses Media Player 9 to preview video files. The fixes include some fixes related to moving files and a lot of improvements to the GUI.

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Fast Duplicate File Finder


Here is a complete list of the new features and fixes in this release.

Version 2.8.0.1:

  • Added Pause/Resume functionality.
  • Added new options tab to select which columns you want to be shown in the results grid.
  • Added warnings when unchecking a selection of files and there are user checked files.
  • Added hints in filter dialog if the folder location doesn’t fit in the “Don’t Scan Folders” box.
  • You can now add/remove multiple folders at once in the filter dialog.
  • Preview window now uses Media Player 9 for previewing video files.
  • Fixed some bugs when moving files.
  • Other small GUI fixes and enhancements, nicer disabled toolbar.

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Export Duplicate Files List – Fast Duplicate File Finder 2.5.0.1

Duplicate File Finder

Duplicate File Finder

Fast Duplicate File Finder 2.5.0.1 is released packed with new features. The new enhanced Browse for Folder dialog will let you add multiple folders at once.  “Remove from list groups containing single file after delete/move” option is added. “Show user checked files in different color” and “Show user checked files in bold font” are useful in order to track the files that you have checked manually.  The auto Check option to check “Files with newer dates” can be used to preserve your original files. New Auto Check option to check “Files with bigger sizes” in similarity mode is also available. A handy new feature is available via popup menu in the folders list – “Disable self-Scan For This Folder”. This is useful if you want to scan two (or more) folders against each other. You can now export the duplicates list to XML or CSV file. Added grid popup menu item “Check All Except Excluded” (CTRL+E) which will check all files except the excluded ones from the Advanced dialog in Auto-check options or files whose folder is excluded from auto-check. A lot of other new features and fixes are available.  Please check the complete “What’s New” list below.

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Fast Duplicate File Finder

What’s New

Version 2.5.0.1:

  • You can now add multiple folders at once using the enhanced Browse for Folder dialog.
  • Added new option “Remove from list groups containing single file after delete/move”.
  • Added new option “Show user checked files in different color”.
  • Added new option “Show user checked files in bold font”.
  • Added new Auto Check option to check “Files with newer dates”.
  • Added new Auto Check option to check “Files with bigger sizes” in similarity mode (available only in Pro version)
  • Added folder popup menu “Disable self-Scan For This Folder”. This is useful if you want to scan two (or more) folders against each other. (available only in Pro version)
  • Export the results to XML or CSV file. (available only in Pro version)
  • Added grid popup menu item “Check All Except Excluded” (CTRL+E) which will check all files except the excluded ones from the Advanced dialog in Auto-check options or files whose folder is excluded from auto-check.
  • Added grid popup menu item “Properties” which shows windows explorer file properties window.
  • Ctrl+K checks the selected files (also available as a grid popup menu)
  • Ctrl+U unchecks the selected files (also available as a popup menu)
  • Quick rename files using F2 or Rename grid popup menu.
  • Left and Right arrow keys can now be used to navigate to previous/next duplicate in the big preview window.
  • Enter and ‘C’ key checks/unchecks the duplicate in the big preview window.
  • Added line nubmers in duplicate results grid.
  • Fixed column sorting on all columns.
  • There are now two separate columns for File Name and Folder.
  • Other small GUI fixes and enhancements.

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Fast Duplicate File Finder