Find Duplicate Files with Tidy UpShare
Murphy has built up a ton of duplicate files over the years. All kinds of stuff, some files with the same file name, some with different file names. Many of the files are half-baked backups thrown onto external drives in haste. Some are just the result of poor housekeeping.
I’ve used various tools to get the mess under control. Later we’ll be looking at a tool called CD Finder that despite its name can be very helpful in cataloging an unruly collection of disks and drives. We’ll be looking at the diff command too – which is already on your Mac. But first let’s take a look at Tidy Up, an extremely helpful tool for finding duplicate files and deleting them.
Tidy Up can look beyond the filename to determine if files are duplicates or not. In the screencast Murphy uses Tidy Up to look at file content and size. There are many other criteria sets the application can use to evaluate files.
Tidy Up can also dig into iPhoto and iTunes databases in search of duplicates. Mail mailboxes too. Information about deleted files is then synced back to the applications. We’ll look at these features in another screencast.
One feature Murphy really likes: The ability to keep a single copy from a duplicate grouping. Tidy Up groups identical files together in its search results. The application will display all but a single file from each group, allowing you to delete all the extras at once.
Tidy Up can also restore content you’ve deleted to its original location, as long as you haven’t emptied the trash.
You can use Tidy Up to scan multiple drives at once or just a folder that you suspect has duplicates. It’s probably best to experiment a little before deleting anything – to ensure you’re getting the results you expect.Watch Now | Permalink