Duplicate File Finder

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This feature removes duplicate files of various pre-defined file categories. It searches for duplicate files on user-specific locations. The user can also provide a folder exclusion list, to be omitted from the scan of duplicate files. Duplicate files will be deleted using One Pass, Two Pass or DoD deletion method as per your preference. The default deletion method is One Pass.

The pre-defined file categories that will be scanned during the execution of Duplicate File Finder feature are as follows.

File Category Extensions
Image / Photo Files .pcx, .tiff, .wpg, .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .wmp, .png, .tif
Creative Artwork Files .ai, .eps, .pcx, .psd, .tiff, .wpg, .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .wmp, .png, .cdr, .pdf, .tif
Movie Files .avi, .rm, .vob, .mov, .qt, .mpeg, .mpg, .mpe, .mpa, .dat
Sound Files .wmv, .wma, .mp4, .mp3
Text Files .txt, .asci, .xml
Document Files .pdf, .doc, .rtf, .wri, .sam, .dox, .xls, .ppt, .docx, .xlsx, .pptx, .wk3, .wk4, .vsd, .vsdx, .wg, .123, .wpd
Email Files .eml

Deleting Duplicate Files

To delete duplicate files, follow these steps:

  1. Select Tools > Duplicate File Finder.
  2. To modify Duplicate File Finder settings, click Options.

    The Quick Heal Duplicate File Finder Options window appears.

  3. In the Please select a duplicate category type list; clear the categories that need to be skipped by the Duplicate File Finder.

    In the Exclude folder(s) list, you can add exclusion lists for Duplicate File Finder to skip.

  4. Click the Add Folder button to add the locations for exclusions. Select a location and click Clear if the added location is incorrect. Click Clear All to remove all exclusion locations added.

    The Use Secure Delete option is activated and One Pass Random – Quick Data Destruction deletion method is selected by default. You can select any deletion method. See Deletion Methods to know about different deletion methods.

  5. Click the Apply button to save the modification of settings or else click the Close button to exit without saving any modified settings.
  6. Click Add Path to add the path for Duplicate File Finder to search for duplicate files.

    The Browse for folder window appears.

  7. Browse for the required folder. Select Exclude sub-folder if you want to exclude the sub-folders within the folder in the scan. Exclude sub-folder option is not selected by default.
  8. Click OK after selecting the required path. If the added path is incorrect, select that path and click Clear to delete the path. Click Clear All to delete all the added paths from the list.
  9. Click Start Search.
  10. A list of the file locations with duplicate file locations is displayed. The information of the scan is provided in the following fields.
    • Search Progress: Displays the progress of the search.
    • Folders Scanned: Displays the number of folders scanned.
    • Files Scanned: Displays the number of files scanned.
    • Duplicates Found: Displays the number of files with duplicates found.
    • Space Wasted: Displays the space that was consumed by the duplicate files.
  11. Click Check All to select all the duplicate files within the expanded originals.
  12. Click Delete to delete all the duplicate files.
  13. Click Close to exit from the Tools menu.
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