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Easy Duplicate Finder promises to clean your disk of duplicate
files with ease. It does what it says, but you can find other
programs that will perform the same task for free, rather than for
the $30 you’ll have to pay to use this program beyond its limited
It did its work quickly, scanning my test PC’s hard disk–which
had more than 17,500 files–in less than ten minutes. And Easy
Duplicate Finder appears to do a very good job of finding
duplicates; it found 520 files that it said were duplicates,
totaling more than 290 MB or hard disk space. And it doesn’t just
search for duplicate file names, and looks at the actual contents
of the files themselves.
Be careful, though, when you use Easy Duplicate Finder, because
its operations can be confusing once it finds duplicate files.
After it does its work, rather than letting you view each file, it
tell you how many duplicates it’s found, then asks if you want to
delete them all. At first it doesn’t appear to give you the option
to examine individual files, which would be a problem, as you might
decide to delete some while keeping others.
However, if you click the small X to close the screen, you’ll
come to another screen that shows you exactly what duplicates it’s
found, lets you examine each, and then delete only the ones you
want. Easy Duplicate Finder offers you a great many options over
searching and deleting, including selecting individual folders,
excluding certain file types.
Easy Duplicate Finder works quickly and well. Whether it’s worth
the $30 price tag is up to you.
Note: The demo version lets you delete only 10
duplicate file groups. You’ll need to pay $30 if you want to make
full use of the program. Also, note that when you install it, it
will install the GigaSize toolbar, so uncheck that option during
installation if you don’t want the toolbar installed.