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  • Is there a quick way to do a search for duplicate files on windows 7 for a single user <g class="gr_ gr_66 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Style multiReplace" data-gr-id="66" id="66">and / or</g> multiple users as an administrator.  I am <g class="gr_ gr_81 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling" data-gr-id="81" id="81">sooo</g> not tech savvy on all issues related to freeing up space on a given pc. 

    Thanks for all who can help me with this issue.

    Legalnurse7

    Monday, December 4, 2017 4:31 PM

Answers

  • You have asked in the wrong forum. This forum is for questions and discussions about the TechNet Wiki. I believe you should ask your question in a Microsoft Answers/Community forum dedicated to Windows files, such as this one:

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/files

    Search for similar questions, or click on "Participate" and select "Ask a Question". The Answers/Community forums are on a different platform, so we cannot move this question there. You will need to ask your question again. Sorry.

    I personally don't know of a quick way to search for duplicate files. A script would need to read each file name and keep track in a hash table. As each file name is added to the table, a method call can check if the name is new or a duplicate. Or the names can be stored in a database or table, then sorted by name. Either way, code is required, and it is not a simple one step query.

    Edit: There are several scripts in the TechNet Script Gallery that either find duplicate files, or clean them up to free up space. One of these may help you:

    https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/site/search?query=duplicate%20files&f%5B0%5D.Value=duplicate%20files&f%5B0%5D.Type=SearchText&ac=3


    Richard Mueller - MVP Enterprise Mobility (Identity and Access)


    Monday, December 4, 2017 6:33 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • You have asked in the wrong forum. This forum is for questions and discussions about the TechNet Wiki. I believe you should ask your question in a Microsoft Answers/Community forum dedicated to Windows files, such as this one:

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/files

    Search for similar questions, or click on "Participate" and select "Ask a Question". The Answers/Community forums are on a different platform, so we cannot move this question there. You will need to ask your question again. Sorry.

    I personally don't know of a quick way to search for duplicate files. A script would need to read each file name and keep track in a hash table. As each file name is added to the table, a method call can check if the name is new or a duplicate. Or the names can be stored in a database or table, then sorted by name. Either way, code is required, and it is not a simple one step query.

    Edit: There are several scripts in the TechNet Script Gallery that either find duplicate files, or clean them up to free up space. One of these may help you:

    https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/site/search?query=duplicate%20files&f%5B0%5D.Value=duplicate%20files&f%5B0%5D.Type=SearchText&ac=3


    Richard Mueller - MVP Enterprise Mobility (Identity and Access)


    Monday, December 4, 2017 6:33 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks for the heads up, will try that forum. 
    Wednesday, December 6, 2017 4:37 PM