Putting the computer on a diet …

My goal for New Years Day … a freeware program, Duplicate Cleaner Free 3.2.7 is currently deleting 92,000+ duplicate files from my desktop. My goal is to build a working archive folder with ONE copy of everything I’ve created since I’ve started saving stuff on computers. And that’s a lot of files.

One reason there are so many files is my tendency to create backup folders of work in progress. That’s mostly what’s being removed – backup files. The starting folder held 117 gigabytes of material – word processing, powerpoint, and a few photos. No movies or music. But at all the various steps of the doctor of ministry program at Fuller, each term paper, each chapter of the dissertation, each document created for teaching later … plus all of the sermons, bible studies and newsletter articles and such. And copies of each item in progress.

I’m paranoid of losing something, and frequently have. The simplest error is to open a document other than the most recent version … and then saving it. This wipes out a later version … and when you copy it onto your backup, sometimes you erase a later version with an earlier version.

Once it’s all done … yes, I’ll create – immediately – backup files of my working archive folder. I’ve been hoping to do this for about six months now.

The software just finished – and it reduced the Working Archive from 117 gigabytes to 54.8 gigabytes –  more than half. And I still have all those working versions intact – just one copy of them. And I still have a copy of my bloated archive as a backup, and a sense of confidence about turning the software loose on my entire computer (it automatically locks out program files, windows directory, etc.)

If you would like to investigate this software … here’s a link:

Duplicate CleanerDuplicate Cleaner


Some information on the software from the manufacturer:

The pro version is less than $30 – required for business or commercial use, but with significant enhancements to make it quicker and more convenient.

Duplicate Cleaner is a useful program to help you organize the contents of your home hard drive or corporate network. You’d be surprised just how many redundant or duplicate files you could find forgotten in an obscure documents folder.
Duplicate Cleaner will deep scan for all types of files – photos, music, films, video, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, text files – you name it, if it appears twice on your computer then Duplicate Cleaner will find it. Once these files are found you are provided with helpful tools to enable you to select which copies to delete or move.These files can be deleted to the recycle bin or moved elsewhere.

Here’s a link to a Youtube tutorial on using DuplicateCleaner:

Here is the manufacturer’s 12 reasons to upgrade to Pro:

  • Find resized, rotated, flipped or edited images and photos. Compare side by side with the image viewer.
  • Scan and delete inside zip files. Flexible folder and zip scanning options.
  • Locate duplicated folder structures and easily browse and remove them.
  • Save your frequently used searches as Duplicate Cleaner Profiles.
  • Powerfully shape your search – set Master folders: only files which duplicate the ones in the Master will be listed
  • Search out unique/non-duplicate files.
  • Move, copy, rename duplicate files or turn them into Hard Links.
  • Ultra reliable SHA-1, SHA-256 and SHA-512 file hashing, as well as byte scanning.
  • Launch and scan via the command line or a batch file.
  • Filter the results by group markings, file types, paths and more.
  • Many extra functions to make working with your duplicate files easier.
  • Use Duplicate Cleaner in a commercial environment.
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