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    Finding Duplicates... sort of

    Anybody aware of a utility that scans my system and lists files with similar filenames???

    I'm not actually looking for a duplicate file-scanner but something close... Here's what I want:

    I have many versions of different software on my system(s); I've a habit of renaming these files in some cases to include the version, so I might e.g. have (for AdAware software) on my HD: aaw 57.exe, aaw 571.exe and aaw 58.exe
    (meaning versions 5.7, 5.71 and 5.8). I'd like a "file-scanner" that lists all files that e.g. start with the same few characters...

    Thanks,

    Erik Jan

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    Re: Finding Duplicates... sort of

    If you know what you are looking for, then Start > Search > For Files or Folders for aaw*.exe (for example) would bring up those you mention.

    Otherwise, Space Hound 32 might fit the bill.

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    Re: Finding Duplicates... sort of

    Thanks Leif... no I don't know what I'm looking for beforehand. Will try SpaceHound (does that do what I'm looking for you think?)

    EJ

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    Re: Finding Duplicates... sort of

    Based on their claims:

    1] File Searching with numerous wild card, date, size and attribute selections including searching embedded text
    2] The best duplicate file finder available

    it has got to do the job!

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    Re: Finding Duplicates... sort of

    Can you do this with the regular "Find File" Tool in Explorer?

    Though you don't want an identical file finder, see if some of the "like" options in ZDNet's DupeLess are any use.
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    Re: Finding Duplicates... sort of

    An alternative approach would be to load Office 97, Office 2000 and Office 2002 all one after the other. This will most probably crash your machine and require you to reformat your hard drive! Problem solved! All your files wiped out in one go.

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    Re: Finding Duplicates... sort of

    This sounds like a mission for Wilbur (silly name, excellent freeware). Worth a few minutes of anybody's time that's trying to sort out what's where on a HD.
    <hr> Wilbur is a Windows based utility that can quickly index the contents of your disk files so you find quickly find.......<hr>

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    Re: Finding Duplicates... sort of

    Hey Leif, thanks for the tip to Space Hound 32! I had a program a couple of years ago called Rummage, used for hunting down duplicate files. Haven't used it since Win98 so I think I too will give this one a try. Their site says one can download and try, but even at $40 bucks, if it does a good job, it'll be worth it.

    Al

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