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The Best Duplicate File Finders For Windows


Duplicate File Finders scan your computer for unnecessary duplicate files, and delete them with your approval. Not only do they free up disk space, but also reduce the time spent in backup operations, quicken file searches, and lessen the clutter in document storage areas which look like a hodgepodge otherwise.

Here are our favourite utilities for duplicate file search and removal.

Note: These tools should not be used to remove duplicate files in system folders like the Windows and Program Files.

#3 SearchMyFiles

SearchMyFiles is one of the best duplicate file finders with more advanced filters. It lets you search files by wildcard, by the file size, by file content (text or binary search), by file attributes, and by last modified/created/last accessed time.

You don’t need to install it to use it. Simply run the executable file “SearchMyFiles.exe” and it will show a “Search Options” dialog box upon launch. Choose the drives to search by clicking the “Browse” button to the right of Base Folders. Configure other search settings you want and click “OK” to start the search. During the search process, the duplicate files will be shown in the main window. You can select the ones you want to delete and save the list of duplicate files to text/html/csv/xml file, by using the “Save Selected Items” option.

SearchMyFiles works on all versions of Windows, from Windowsn 2000 and  up toWindows 10 and supports both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

#2 CCleaner

CCleaner, as its makers claim, is the “number-one” tool for removing junk files and getting rid of any and all unnecessary temporary files. And thankfully for its users, it is equally effective as a duplicate file finder.

All you have to do is simply launch CCleaner. Click Tools > Duplicate Finder. Select all the duplicate files you want to delete and save the list to a text file. If you want to view a file on your system, righ-click its name on the list and select “Open containing folder”.

#1 Auslogics Duplicate File Finder

Auslogics Duplicate File Finder offers a simple interface with several convenient features such as a built-in preview pane that allows you to preview images and audio/video files before bidding them farewell.

This application searches non-system folders on all connected drives and all file types (images/audio files/video files/archives/applications) by default. But you can select the drives, folders and files you want to search in the side bar.

The search results will display a complete list of duplicate files. Select the unwanted duplicates, click the “Delete Selected Files” button and send them to the Recyle Bin.

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