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    duplicate file names

    A google search turns up stuff for finding duplicate filenames but before I dive in and try something at random I wondered if anyone here has experience / can recommend something suitable. Cost has to free but I might get by with a 30 day demo. It's a network drive on an NT4 server that I wish to scan but my PC is running Win 2K.

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    Re: duplicate file names

    I will tell you this, ya best be carefull deleting Duplicate Files. I have seen it totaly mess peoples computers up because they removed files that were needed.Most Programs with that function will warn you about that. With that said, I don't know of anything free. I use System Mechanic and it will Find and Remove Duplicate Files, and also has a whole bunch of other functions as well. There is a Trial Version.

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    Re: duplicate file names

    What CBD is saying is one of the issues that has caused trouble is that just because files are named the same (that you might have not named at all) unfortunately, does not mean that they are duplicates, and they may be slightly or totally different files in fact, so before deleting them it's always best to have a good grip on what they in fact are, and why you want to delete them. If they are true duplicates, and you can dispense with one and save space fine.

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    Re: duplicate file names

    Like Cowboy, I also use System Mechanic and have great faith in it, but the duplicate file finder is one that you must be VERY careful with.
    You can set it to only look at files of the same creation date, time, name, & size, but even when these parameters are met, you STILL must be very sure before you start deleting them. I for one, usually stay away from that feature. The other features like junk file finder & reg cleaner, I always take their word for it and follow the recommendations. Hasn't bit me yet. ( that I know of ) <img src=/S/joy.gif border=0 alt=joy width=23 height=23>

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    Re: duplicate file names

    I second that Viking. Same here. About three years ago, I did the Duplicate File Deletion, and OUCH. Need I say more.

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    Re: duplicate file names

    I haven't used System Mechanic but heard nothing but praise for it from people who use it here and other places. Do use Reg Mechanic and didn't mention it because it had the "mechanic" word in it, but because I believe the creator has serious respect for and deep knowledge of the registry and trust that it won't get you in trouble as some of the reg cleaners have been reported to do.

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    Re: duplicate file names

    Thank you one and all.

    I am well aware of the dangers of duplicate file deletion but my aim is to tidy up a ton of .doc and .xls files, system/hidden files will be avoided. Even then, I simply plan to archive all the duplicates in one location rather than actually delete them, i.e. saving space is not the issue.

    Given that, the blurb for Check Identical Files (http://www.abc-view.com/cif.html) sounded appealing. It has the option to inspect/edit the list of duplicates and then move the selected ones to an archive folder. Does anybody know anything about this application?

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