Although some system optimization tools come with the function of finding duplicate files, they are too homogeneous and lack customizability. For this reason, we can use a more handy tool, DupScout, to handle duplicate files.
First of all, install DupScout software. When you run the software for the first time, an initial configuration window will pop up, prompting whether to choose to handle system files, handle directory connection points, display directory and file scanning errors, etc. If you do not need to judge these items, you can enter the software interface by clicking the Save button after deselecting them (Figure 1).
1. Find duplicate files
Before you can find duplicate files, you need to determine the target range. Click the plus button to the right of the Input box in the middle of the left pane of the software and select the target type from the menu, which includes a single directory, multiple directories, all hard drives in the computer, network shared folders, servers or NAS devices, all servers connected to the network, etc. (Figure 2).
After selecting the target as desired, click on the Duplicates button on the toolbar to launch the Search Profile window. If you are searching according to the default configuration, you can simply click the Search button (Figure 3).
If you want to specify the search criteria according to your requirements, click the Options button and select the search criteria to search. Searching by basic search criteria may miss some duplicate files, such as files with different file names but the same content, so it is more reliable to compare them by content. To do this, just check Search Files Containing HEX Pattern in Advanced Options, start the file content comparison search option in hexadecimal, and then perform a search comparison.
2. Handling duplicate files
When the search operation is finished, the list of duplicate files will be displayed in the upper right pane of the window, and the number of duplicates for each file will be shown under the Duplicates column.
Right-click directly on the file, and then select the action command from the context menu: to delete all duplicate files directly, select Delete All Duplicate Files; to move all duplicate files to another target location, select Move Duplicate Files to Directory command; you can also compress the duplicate files for If you want to move all the duplicate files to another target location, select the Move Duplicate Files to Directory command; you can also save the duplicate files by compressing them.
3. Generate duplicate file report
Sometimes, we also need to review the duplicate files or backup the information, it is better to have a report file. Click the software “Command→Save Report” command, in the subsequent report window, you can choose to generate a report file in different formats such as HTML, PDF, TXT, Excel CSV or XML.