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Fast Duplicate File Finder 4.9.0.1 – Greatly Improved Speed in “100% Equal Files” mode

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The 4.9.0.1 Update of Fast Duplicate File Finder Provides Even Faster Scan Without Compromising Precision

Fast Duplicate File Finder is the leading duplicate file finder tool on the market and provides accuracy, performance and plenty of features. While most duplicate finders compare MD5, CRC, size, dates, names and other unreliable properties in order to find duplicates FDFF guarantees faultless results. Fast Duplicate File Finder (FDFF) performs real byte-to-byte comparison and guarantees that the identified files are 100% duplicates.

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A list of all the new features can be found on the Duplicate File Finder’s What’s new page.

Greatly Improved Duplicate Finder Performance

The application performance and its precision are the two most important aspects of Fast Duplicate File Finder and MindGems continues to improve the tool in both aspects.

The scan speed in the “100% equal files” mode is greatly improved. The performance impact is most evident when comparing large files with different content.

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Added two new “After Scan” options – “Save project and display results” and “Save project and close application”

The “Save project and display results” and “Save project and close application” features are handy when performing a large scan and leaving the computer unattended. These features guarantee that the results will be saved even if a power failure occur and as a result the computer shuts down or restarts. The “After Scan” options are performed as the name suggests immediately after the scan process is completed.

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How To Compare Two Or More Folders For Duplicates

Compare Two Or More Folders For Duplicates

Compare Two Or More Folders For Duplicates

Compare Folders For Duplicates – How To Compare “Source” And “Target” Folders

This information applies to:
Fast Duplicate File Finder
Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder
Audio Dedupe

There are situations where merging folders or comparing two or more folders is necessary. In such cases a “source” folder should not be checked for duplicates and should only be compared with one or more “target” folders. Comparing two or more folders for duplicates is very easy using the “Exclude From Self Scan” feature in the folders list.

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Disable “Self-scan”

If self-scan for folder ‘VSD’ is disabled (as displayed in the image above) the files inside that folder will not be compared against each-other – they will be compared only with files that are located inside the other folders that are added in the folders list..

If self-scan is disabled for the folders ‘VSD’ and ‘VSD1’ the files in ‘VSD’ will be compared with the files in ‘VSD1’ and vice-versa instead of comparing all the files in ‘VSD’ and ‘VSD1’ against each other.

Self-scan can be disabled for a folder by ticking the checkbox in front of the corresponding folder name. There are two columns in front of the folder name column. The column with the icon that illustrates a red circle with a white dash inside contains the “Disable self-scan” check-boxes.

A related article can be found here: How To Exclude A Folder From Auto-Check Or How To Set A “Source” Folder

Best Free Duplicate File Remover – FDFF 4.3.0.1

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Version 4.3.0.1 Of The Fastest Duplicate File Finder Is Available For Download

Fast Duplicate File Finder is the fastest and the most reliable and feature-rich application of its kind on the market. While other tools compare MD5, CRC, size, dates, names and other unreliable properties in order to find duplicates, FDFF performs real byte-to-byte comparison and guarantees that the identified files are 100% duplicates.

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The key improvements in this release extracted directly from the Duplicate File Finder’s What’s new page:

Version 4.3.0.1:

  • Added option to Keep Folder Structure while moving files. In the previous versions it was always ON
  • In Filter dialog added option to filter folders by name
  • Clicking on the folders grid header icons now checks/unchecks all folders
  • Browse for folder dialog is updated so that if no folders are checked – the currently selected folder is added
  • If delete/move file operation fails, hex error code is displayed in the log
  • Desktop folders can be scanned, all shortcut files on desktop are skipped

Not all improvements are listed above, but these are just a few of the new features and fixes in this release.

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The Key New Features Of The Duplicate File Finder Tool

Filtering Duplicate Files

A handy new option is added in the filtering dialog that makes it possible to filter folders by a phrase including wildcards. For example if the text “copy” is added – all the folders that contain “copy” in the name will be matched. Combinations of phrases can be used by separating them with a vertical line e.g.: “copy|backup|bckp”. In this example along with the folders that contain the phrase “copy” in their name will be listed also the ones that contain “backup” and those that contain “bckp”. A more sophisticated example is “b??(*)*” – it will match all folders starting with “b” followed by two characters then an opening bracket followed by one character and then a closing bracket followed by any number of characters. If the example is not clear enough the asterisk denotes that zero or more characters should be present and the question mark denotes that exactly one character should be present at that position. The combinations are endless and it is easy to match any folder’s name with high precision. Here is a screenshot of the new filtering window:

Duplicate File Finder Filter

Filter Duplicate Files

Duplicate File Finder User Interface And Features Improvements

Clicking on the folders grid header icons now checks/unchecks all folders for either exclusion from “Auto-check” or from “Self-scan”. The browse for folder dialog is updated so if no folders are marked, the currently selected folder is added. This makes it easier when adding a single folder to the list.

There is a hex error code for every delete/move file operation that fails. This makes it easier to identify the problem e.g. if the files is in use, if the user account used to start the application does not have sufficient permissions to manipulate the file, it he file is stored on a read only media and so on. All the error codes can be found at the Duplicate File Finder FAQ page

A new option to Keep Folder Structure while moving files is now added to the application. In the previous versions it was always ON by default. This new feature also takes care of file name conflicts in cases where two or more files with the same name from different locations are moved to the same folder. If the file “report.doc” for example is moved to the same folder from multiple locations the extra copies will be moved with the name “report (1).doc”, “report (2).doc” and so on.

Earlier versions of Fast Duplicate File Finder ignored the desktop folders if the “Protection for system files and folders” was enabled in settings. (This option is enabled by default in order to prevent damages to the operating system by novice users). Current version will scan the desktop folders even if that option is enabled as many users store their files on the desktop. In order to prevent damages to the desktops of other user the application will ignore shortcut files which are intentionally duplicated over the desktops of every user. E.g. two different users can have shortcuts to the same applications.

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Find Duplicate Files With Fast Duplicate File Finder 4.1.0.1

Version 4.0.0.1 of The Popular Fast Duplicate File Finder Is Released

This new release provides some fixes and two new features. There are two new context menu items in the results list.

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The first one “Remove from List…” will remove the selected items from the list. After the remove operation if the group contains only one item it will be automatically removed if the option “Remove from list groups containing single file after move/delete”. This handy new feature can be used to remove items that should be kept from the list. Please note that this feature removes just the item from the list – not the actual file.

The other option is  “Remove Group from List…”. Using the feature will remove the entire group to which the selected item(s) belongs. Multiple items can be selected and removed at once.

The fixes include a modification that enabled the tool to load projects with older file formats. Deleting large amounts of files is optimized in this release and handled better and faster. An issue that prevented the program form showing results when using vertically rotated desktops is now removed. Associated file icons are now retrieved in faster and safer.

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The complete change log for this and older releases can be found here: Duplicate File Finder – What’s New

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

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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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