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post #1 of 10 Old 10-02-2012, 09:20 PM - Thread Starter
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I've tried a few, but need something that knows, for example, a *.DOC and *.DOCX are the same file
same with *.MP3 and the various music formats.

I did searche Google and AVS, but there's quite a bit of experience on this group more in line with my preferences.
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Most duplicate file finders look at more than just the file name. In your .doc vs .docx file example, the files would also be different sizes do to different metadata etc. So what you're looking for is a dupe finder that only looks at file names and allows you to map file extensions to ignore differences? I haven't seen any prog that can do that.
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I use Auslogics Duplicate finder which works great even for files with different file names/extensions or dates. However, unless your .doc and .docx file are bit for bit identical and just happen to have different extensions, I don't think you'll find a duplicate finder that can identify them for you.

There are plenty of music management software for identifying similar audio files based on metadata (e.g. if you have a track in multiple formats: flac, mp3, wma, m4a, etc). However, if you save the same document in say, Microsoft Word 97~2003 format (doc) and Microsoft Word 2007 format (docx) which are two completely different formats, you're probably on your own.
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Of course as a one-off exercise you could just search for all files of certain types, then sort by size and manually find dupes. This may be very tedious though and if you had the same song in FLAC and mp3, you wouldn't spot it (for example).
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Of course as a one-off exercise you could just search for all files of certain types, then sort by size and manually find dupes. This may be very tedious though and if you had the same song in FLAC and mp3, you wouldn't spot it (for example).

Music is easy. There are plenty of music management software you can use to sort them (assuming your metadata and ID3 tags are in order).

It's having, for example, doc, docx, odt, pdf, etc versions of the same document that becomes tedious.
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I use Auslogics Duplicate finder which works great even for files with different file names/extensions or dates. However, unless your .doc and .docx file are bit for bit identical and just happen to have different extensions, I don't think you'll find a duplicate finder that can identify them for you.
There are plenty of music management software for identifying similar audio files based on metadata (e.g. if you have a track in multiple formats: flac, mp3, wma, m4a, etc). However, if you save the same document in say, Microsoft Word 97~2003 format (doc) and Microsoft Word 2007 format (docx) which are two completely different formats, you're probably on your own.

I'm going to give this one a try. Thanks.
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Thank you. I thought this exercise would be "easy".
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Duplicate Files Deleter can help you on this.Check their website, you have all info there. Finds, removes duplicates safely and mantains the performance of your computer.
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Remove all the unwanted, duplicated files from your machine. Software name is DuplicateFilesDeleter.

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Thank you. I thought this exercise would be "easy".

I have some old school, semi-manual ways I've done this using dos commands to "print" a directory file list to a text file that can be parsed in Excel, and then use IF/THEN functions to check for duplications and flag them. It can be done for all files, specific directories and subdirectories, and/or specific file extensions. PM me if you'd like me to walk you through it over the phone. It's a little late tonight, and I have a family commitment after work tomorrow, but I can find the time sometime over the next few days.

Note this is just for duplicate filenames, but it would allow you to find the same name with different extensions. I've not done this for metadata.

There are probably some ways to automate this type of task that I'm not aware of, but I know this will work.
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