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    BEST SOFTWARE

    A triplicate of duplicate-file finders


    By Lincoln Spector

    A hard drive is like an attic. No matter how big it is, it fills up fast — and mostly with junk.

    Much of that junk may be unneeded and difficult-to-find duplicate files, and the best way to locate and eradicate them is with software dedicated to the task.

    The full text of this column is posted at WindowsSecrets.com/2010/11/04/06 (opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.
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    Just note that Duplicate Cleaner does try to install third-party "junk-ware".

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    Duplicate Finder is trialware and full functionality costs 29.95

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    In your article, you said that it doesn't make sense to look for duplicates of small files. However, in a very large drive, that may not be true. In a large drive, the space allocated to a file can be much larger than the actual file size. This allocated space is known as the cluster size. If the cluster size is 64 Kb, a 1 Kb file will occupy only 1 Kb of space, but it will be allocated an entire 64 Kb cluster. The unused space in a cluster is known as slack space. Thus, a hard drive with lots of small files can have a lot of slack space.

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    I use DiskState which does a pretty good job. It uses MD5 signature which generally works well. However, it does not recognize files that are really the same but are have different sizes or, in the case of pictures, different resolutions.

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