Organize photos across multiple computers

So I have family photos all over the place.  Some on my laptop, some on my old laptop, some on my desktop, some on my work computer.

I want to put all of these on an external hard drive.

The problem is that I know I will have many duplicates.  But I don't want to take the chance of losing pictures.

I'm wondering if there is some fancy program that can create subfolders by date and then go through the drive and put all .jpg files into the appropriate subfolder, unless the exact photo already exists at that location, and in that case, skip it.
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
You can search for photos by date, IF the EXIF data exists in the file.

However, if your PCs are on the same network, you can use Windows Live Photo Gallery to organize the photos.

Here is the download for Windows 7: Photo Gallery.

Basically, you create a new Images folder on your external hard drive then go through each PC one by one.

For your work PC, transfer all the photos to a flash drive (USB drive), a  CD or a DVD. You can then use Windows Live Photo Gallery to import the images directly.

Of course there are other photo/image organizers, but I find Windows Live Photo Gallery easy to install and use.
Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
Dropbox, Google Drive and MS Skydrive will all be good choices.  I use dropbox paid for multiple items including photos.    Multiple device are synced automatically and there is a built in photo viewer.
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
Well - if you want to put your photos in the 'cloud', I would certainly recommend Flickr with 1 terabyte of free space!
Dropbox: 3 GB,
Google Drive: 15 GB and
MS Skydrive: 7 GB.
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
* I went with the paid - 100gig.    For me, photos were tertiary.  I have been using it to house my development in lieu of bitbucket.  After my own not-scientific testing, I found drobpox sync worked the best testing new 1 gig of data.  Google drive skipped some data and did not recognize it was skipped.  Skydrive does not have a client for linux.  

In any case, the key for my was syncing devices, not so much storage.  But 1 terabyte sounds like a nice amount of storage.
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
padas - I hear congratulations are in order! 2500000 since 2010! Impressive. I saw this question earlier Congratulations to padas.

(I'm sitting at the cusp on 1000000)
EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
The unequivocally best program for weeding out duplicates photos is Dpeg from

You can do most of what you need without registering (which allows you save databases of pictures). In it's first use I recommend using it in MD5 Hash mode (it's like CRC mode, but more precise). You can safely auto-delete in MD5 Hash mode.

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