Professional Disk Cleanup Using Free Tools – Duplicate File Finder & Folder Size

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How To Cleanup Drives And Remove Duplicate Files For Free

Nowadays the storage is relatively cheap and at the same time huge, but as the applications and the multimedia files grow too by providing more features and higher quality the disk cleanup process is an important topic as always.

Best practice is to always keep an organized structure of files, but in the busy world today that is not always possible. Even the most pedantic individuals will sometimes extract, copy, duplicate or save an edited version of a file in some hidden corner of the hard drive and forget it for years. Such lost space can grow to gigabytes and worst of all will slow the overall performance of the computer due to the growing number of files. Those of course will affect the speed of antivirus applications, backup applications, files search and all other tools that scan the file system. So what are the options to restore such system?

Identify Space Hogs – Remove Unused Large Files

Easy to say, but not easy to accomplish without the help of a professional tools. Folder Size Freeware is an advanced tool that can scan a system and list all files and folders sorted by size. There are neat charts that represent the distribution of disk space using pie or bar charts which can also be used for navigation.

This handy little tool is extremely fast and can scan a 128 GB SSD drive in just five seconds. A quick look at the results revels the largest files and folders in the system and one can free gigabytes of disk space by just removing several video files or old backups that are stored in a hidden locations.

Besides listing the files and folders with all their properties and providing multiple sort options, Folder Size generates a bunch of handy reports. One of the best to spot wasted disk space is the “Largest files and folders” report. What it does is to list the top 50 largest files and folders inside the currently selected folder and all its sub-folders. This list is also available as separate “Largest files” and “Largest folders” reports.

Folder Size

Folder Size

Remove Redundant Data – Delete Duplicate Files

Fast Duplicate File Finder is a professional tool that can identify similar and duplicate files. While this is an advanced commercial application it provides a FREE version that provides more than sufficient features for a good disk cleanup. Those include the “100% Identical Files” and “Similar File Names” modes while the “Similar Files” mode is present only in the PRO version. The tool performs a real file comparison and can identify duplicate files on a local computer or network even if they are stored with different file names.

The “Similar File Names” mode is extremely handy in identifying “Copy of CV.doc”, “CV 2013.docx”, “CV 2014.doc” types of similar file names. Using the tool is extremely simple. The locations to be scanned should be added to the “Folders List” then a search method should be selected and hitting the “Scan” button will reveal the duplicates in minutes. The results are listed in a neat grid with all their properties and all the duplicates are  grouped by similarity. There is a neat preview windows for most common file formats that can be used in order to compare the files visually before deciding whether to keep or delete a copy. There are options to select files automatically by date, location, size, and so on. The duplicate files can be moved to a backup location, deleted to recycle bin or permanently erased.

Free Duplicate File Finder

Free Duplicate File Finder

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