Duplicate Sweeper

Duplicate Sweeper 1.06

It scans your computer for duplicate files and offers to remove them in batches.

Duplicate Sweeper is a handy application that scans your computer for duplicate files and offers to remove them in batches. The program works with all types of files and saves the results into separate categories based on file content. The categories refer to music files, videos, images, documents, and other file types that can't be clearly classified.

The program's appearance is plain simple and easy to manage. Searching for duplicates requires you to follow a few simple steps. First, you need to select the folders to be scanned – the loading procedure is done easily either by using the drag-and-drop method, or by browsing your computer from within the application. Before you enable the scanning process, it is recommended to narrow the search, so that the results are closer to what you are looking for. Therefore, you can set filters that refer to files sizes and extensions – namely, the scanning process may ignore the files that are larger and/or smaller than the size parameters you defined, as well as those items that belong to specific file types. Next, you may proceed with the duplicate search. While scanning is in progress, you are informed about the estimated remaining time. In addition, you are provided with real-time information regarding the total number of files identified by the program. At the end, the results are organized automatically into file type categories that bear suggestive names.

With this tool, you are able to remove duplicates from within the program. If you don't have time to check which files to delete and, consequently, you wish to postpone erasing the items, you can save the results and resume inspecting files later. This way, it isn't necessary to start the scanning process all over again. You can select the items to erase manually, or you can enable the auto-selection, based on four different criteria that have the file creation or modification dates as points of reference.

The program functions well, without blockages or errors. In addition, the ability to sort the results in file categories makes it more valuable. Still, I consider that the search filters could include the same file types used for the results, so that you could search only for music or video files, documents or images. It is true that you can select specific extensions, but it is likely that you miss some, which would lead to longer scanning times. In addition, I think that the price is rather high, considering that there are similar tools available at lower costs, if not for free.

Ioana Dumitrescu
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Review summary

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Search filters related to file size and extensions
  • Organizes results into file categories
  • Saves the results for later queries
  • Auto-selection of files to remove
  • Can remove files from within the program

Cons

  • Can't select file categories for searching
  • Pricey
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