One of the more tedious tasks in cleaning up your computer to reclaim hard drive space is finding and deleting duplicate files.  Today we look Duplicate File Finder from MindGems, a free utility for finding and getting rid of the extra baggage.

Using Duplicate File Finder

This works with Windows 98 through Windows 7 so is a great way to clean up new and legacy systems.  It has a nicely laid out interface for scanning and identifying duplicate files on a single computer or an entire network.

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Add or remove folders to check in the folder screen then start a scan.  It will scan the main folders and all subfolders for duplicates.

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Scans are quick with ability to scan removable media such as USB drives, flash cards, optical discs, external drives, and network drives.

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The duplicate files will be highlighted and you can open them up or preview them within the application.

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One of the cool features is the ability to preview the dup files including text and binary docs, pictures, and audio.

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If you have thousands of files it comes in handy to locate them in explorer.

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If you are looking for a free way to easily find duplicate files on your computer or network, Fast Duplicate File Finder is definitely worth a look.

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Download Fast Duplicate File Finder