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Deleting files in Windows 2007


Is there a way in windows XP to merge multiple folders and automatically retain the most recent files?  As you know, in windows, when the files in one folder are moved to a second folder and files of common type and name are present, Windows asks whether you want to replace the file in the destination folder with the one being moved.  This process takes place one file at a time.

Let's say you have a large number of folders many of which contain common files.  Is there any process that will automatically search all of the folders and retain only those files that were modified most recently?


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There's no built-in command that does this, but there are many duplicate file finder programs available ... many are freeware.   Just Google for "duplicate file finder" and you'll see many examples.   I've used both of these with good results:  http://www.easyduplicatefinder.com/
... You can also use a backup/synchronization utility like Karen's Replicator (http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp ) or the free version of SyncBack (http://www.2brightsparks.com/syncback/ ) ==> if you set up a synchronization job between two directories, you can set these to automatically delete the older versions of any file that's in both locations.

No matter what tool you use to do this; proceed cautiously.   It's always better to have too many versions of a file than the ONE version that you need !! :-)

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