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    Default Application to find duplicated files on network drive.

    Hi,

    I have a dilemma that I'm sure somebody else has been in before today. I am trying to affect some fairly radical changes in an engineering and draughting office that has been largely without standards for about 30 years. For quite a few years now we have been using CAD, so there are a lot of drawing files (over 10,000), but also a lot of other documents in many other formats.

    Over the years, many of these documents have been duplicated elevctronically - sometimes multiple times over - so now we have a situation where there are a lot of files where it's impossible to tell simply from the name which file is the latest version.

    One way that I have thought of to minimize the confusion is to somehow generate a report containing the names and locations of all of the files which are genuinely identical. i.e. those files which have both exactly the same name and exactly the same content.

    At a guess, I suspect that this could reduce our total storage requirement on one network drive by up to 30%.

    If anyone has any suggestions of methods or applications that can do this, then I would very much like to hear them.

    TIA. Cheers,...Jon.
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    Default Re: Application to find duplicated files on network drive.

    Hi

    See if the following couple of freeware apps offer any help..

    CloneSpy

    DupKiller

    Have a good one, Mike

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    Default Re: Application to find duplicated files on network drive.

    I know every cad file that I have created is quite possibly saved off in
    a second location by another associate. My cad data is used by others and
    I know they are keeping a personal copy.

    I do not think there is a good way to eliminate duplicate copies because
    it is human nature to work in this manner.

    I may have to look into using Vault for file access.
    I would need to have a read only file that cannot be resaved.

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    Default Re: Application to find duplicated files on network drive.

    I religiously use DUPFINDER from xp support tools.
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en
    It's nothing fancy. No bells and whistles.
    Turn on the CRC in options.

    Another handy group is the resource kit tools.
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...DisplayLang=en

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    Default Re: Application to find duplicated files on network drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by madcadder
    I religiously use DUPFINDER from xp support tools.
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en
    It's nothing fancy. No bells and whistles.
    Turn on the CRC in options.

    Another handy group is the resource kit tools.
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...DisplayLang=en
    Thasks a heap for the suggestions, especially those last two. I'll have a lot better time getting approval from our IT dept. if the app comes from Microsoft.
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    Default Re: Application to find duplicated files on network drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by jguest
    Thasks a heap for the suggestions, especially those last two. I'll have a lot better time getting approval from our IT dept. if the app comes from Microsoft.
    Nadda problem... For a FYI add

    when using DUPFINDER I will compare the files with
    Beyond Compare to see which one I need to keep

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