If you like taking photos of your kid, or your hobby then you probably take al ot of pictures. In any given week, I may take 100GB worth of videos and photos. If I go to an event or conference or party that could easily double or triple.
If I’m not careful with the amount of photos and videos that I save once I get home, I could cause catastrophic failures in my workflow and business flow.
One of the main problems with taking photos and sharing online and all that stuff is file litter and file duplication. This is a very slick free tool that helps you take some space back from your Hard drive.
When you take some photos from your weekend event, sometimes you end up with duplicates. You make a new folder to send some photos to Nancy but not Lena. Some other photos get edited and others don’t so you make sure you create a backup of them. Right?
You do create backups right? I don’t care if you’re using time machine, carbonite, backblaze or floppy disks to backup your critical files but make sure you have a backup.
But sometimes we overdo it or we just forget that we made several copies of a photo for each of the folders we wanted to send out, or whatever. Sometimes apps like iMovie, or iPhoto will create copies instead of moving files when they import them. And there are many other apps that can cause file duplication without you even knowing.
So if you think you have this problem or aren’t sure, then take a look at dupe Guru. DupeGuru is totally open source and free to use, download, modify, and all that good stuff. Get dupeGuru here.
It takes a minute to download and install and it’s easy to use. The first time I ran this, I found over 300GB of space that was taken up by duplicate videos and files. You may not find as much, or could find a lot more… it all depends on how good you are at intake of data and management. Clearly I suck.
So here are a few screenshots that show how dupeGuru works so you don’t suck! And so you get some of that valuable space back in your hard drive before you go out and buy an external drive, or even worse try to upgrade your current drive to a bigger one.
I know there’s always a cloud option but I like having local space available on demand… there’s nothing faster than local. At least not yet.
The interface is simple. Once you load it, this is what dupeGuru looks like:
Select one or more folders, or an entire disk. Use the “+” to add more, then click Scan. You also have a few other options and you can save the results of your scan to load later if you need to interrupt your session for some reason.
After dupeGuru scans the folder or drive you selected, you get results like these:
The results can be filtered to show only the duplicate files, or the difference in size. You also have a view button that launches the file selected into its viewer. So if it’s a movie, it should start playing in your favorite movie player, same for pictures.
This is great when you’re reviewing a file before you delete it.
Other information you get from this screen, is the size of each duplicate file and how likely it is to be a duplicate match. All the files in my screenshot are 100% match so they’re pretty safe to delete. I suggest you review each file before you delete them if you have less than 100% match.
If you want to see more details about the file, dupeGuru shows you this:
So what do yo think? Is this useful? If you think it’s cool but not quite something you need right now then check out the Resources page. This is one of the resources listed there for your benefit. I hope one of those can help you in some way. If not, tell me… what can I help you with? leave a comment…