Free, fast and easy-to-use duplicate files finder utility.
DupScout is a free, fast and easy-to-use duplicate files finder utility allowing one to detect and cleanup duplicate files on disks, networked computers and NAS storage devices.
DupScout provides multiple duplicates detection modes, numerous removal and cleanup actions, user-defined profiles and customizable GUI layouts.
In today's world of the high-speed Internet, desktop computers and laptops are constantly flooded with documents, digital images, music and video files. Frequently, people are downloading identical files from different web sites thus wasting storage space with duplicated content. Overtime, computers tend to collect large amounts of duplicate files scattered over multiple directories or disks with different file names what makes it quite difficult to detect them.
DupScout is a free, fast and easy-to-use duplicate files finder utility allowing one to detect and cleanup duplicate files in disks, network shares and NAS storage devices. The user is provided with the ability to search one or more directories, disks or network shares for duplicate files, select original files that should be kept in place and cleanup duplicates thus freeing up wasted storage space.
In addition, power computer users and IT professionals are provided with an advanced product version, named DupScout Pro, which is capable of processing significantly larger amounts of files, allows one to replace duplicate files with links, provides the user with the ability to detect duplicate files among specific file types, adds multi-threaded duplicate files detection mode, provides multiple performance tuning options, allows one to export HTML, Excel CSV and text reports and finally enables execution of user-defined commands using direct desktop shortcuts.
The simplest way to find duplicate files in a directory is to press the 'Duplicates' button located in the top-left corner of the main toolbar. On the profile dialog enter one or more disks or directories to search in and press the 'Search' button to begin the search process.
Depending on the amount of files that should be searched, the duplicate files detection process may take from a couple of seconds for tens of files to a few hours for large file systems containing millions of files. During the duplicate files detection process, DupScout will display the process dialog showing the total amount of processed files, the number of detected duplicate files and the amount of the wasted storage space.
Once the detection process is completed, DupScout will display the list of all detected duplicate file sets sorted by the amount of the wasted storage space. For each duplicate file set, DupScout shows the name of the currently selected original file, the currently selected cleanup action, the number of duplicate files in the set, the size of each file and the amount of storage space wasted by the duplicate files.
Sometimes, there may be thousands of duplicate files and in order to help the user concentrate on the duplicate files wasting significant amounts of storage space, DupScout by default shows top 1000 duplicate file sets sorted by the amount of the wasted storage space. In order to change the default amount of displayed duplicate file sets, open the profile dialog, select the 'Advanced' tab and set the 'Max Dup File Sets' option to an appropriate value.
DupScout allows one to select original files that should be kept in place and cleanup duplicate files thus freeing up wasted storage space. The user is provided with the ability to delete selected duplicate files or to move them to another directory or a backup disk. In addition, DupScout Pro allows one to replace duplicate files with links to the original file in each specific duplicate files set.
In order to select an appropriate duplicates cleanup action, select one or more duplicate file sets, press the right mouse button and select the required duplicates cleanup action. By default, DupScout selects the oldest file in each duplicate file set as the original file. In addition, the user is provided with the ability to select any arbitrary file in each file set as the original file.
The set dialog shows all duplicate files in a set and allows one to manually select a cleanup action and the original file for the set. In order to manually change the original file for a duplicate files set, click on the set item in the set list, select the file that should be set as the original file, press the right mouse button and select the 'Set as Original' menu item.
In order to minimize accidental removals of important files, DupScout implements a three- stage cleanup process with an actions preview dialog allowing one to carefully select and confirm cleanup actions that should be executed. Once finished selecting duplicate files that should be removed and cleanup actions to be used for each specific duplicate files set, press the 'Preview' button located on the main toolbar.
The actions preview dialog will display a list of all cleanup actions that should be performed and allow one to select/unselect each specific cleanup action. After carefully reviewing all the selected cleanup actions, press the 'Execute' button to actually cleanup all the selected duplicate files.
Typically, there are lots of duplicate files in the Windows system directory, which are critical for the proper operation of the operating system. All duplicate files located in the Windows system directory and other application specific directories cannot be removed and it is highly recommended to avoid touching these files.
DupScout allows one to categorize detected duplicate files by the file extension, file type, size, user name, last assess time, last modification time and file creation time. After finishing scanning the specified disks or directories, DupScout performs automatic file categorization and fills the list of detected file categories, which is located just under the list of the duplicate file sets in the main GUI application.
By default, DupScout categorizes all files by the file extension and shows a list of all types of detected file extensions sorted by the amount of used disk space. For each category, DupScout shows the number of files, the amount of used disk space and the percentage of the used disk space relative to other file categories. Use the 'Categories' combo box to categorize files by the file type, last access time, last modification time or creation time.
One of the most useful features of DupScout is the ability to browse duplicates by one or more specific file categories using file filters. For example, in order to see all files that were accessed 2-3 months ago, select the access time-based file categorization mode and double-click on the 'Files Last Accessed 2-3 Months Ago' file category. DupScout will filter the currently displayed list of duplicates and show all sets that were accessed 2-3 months ago.
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