Duplicate file finders are a great way to free up precious hard drive space. Scanning your drive by file name, date, and content, these tools can point out files which appear more than once on your hard drive, thus helping you get rid of them swiftly. Sounds useful? Auslogics Duplicate File Finder is a quick, simple, and free option. See Easy Duplicate Finder review for a paid option.
Duplicate File Finder needs administrator permissions to work, and won't run if those permissions are not provided. It's also for personal use only. This utility features a simple, wizard-like interface, which takes you through the scanning process step by step. Choosing which folder or folders to scan is a bit tedious, as Duplicate File Finder doesn't offer drag-and-drop abilities; once you choose your folders, however, your hard work is over.
On the next screens you can filter the scan by file type and file size, decide whether ADFF takes note of file dates and file names, and determine the default action for duplicate files. The scanning process itself is very short: The program scanned my entire hard drive in 10 minutes, finding over 2GB of duplicates.
Unlike paid counterparts such as WebMinds' Easy Duplicate Finder, Auslogics's tool offers only three solutions for your duplicates: delete to recycle bin, delete permanently, and delete to the Auslogics rescue center. The rescue center is a very useful feature, and if you choose to use it, lets you recover and restore any changes you made using the program. This way, you never have to worry about losing important files.
If you're overwhelmed by duplicates, Duplicate File Finder doesn't offer much help. It can, however, select one or all duplicates in each group for you, and even invert this selection with just one click. Auslogics Duplicate File Finder is a very simple application with very simple option, but with its price tag marked "free," it's an excellent option if you need to free up some space on a home computer quickly.