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Windows7 - How do I locate files on my "C" drive with duplicate names or identical sizes

How do I locate files on my "C" drive with duplicate names or identical sizes?
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brothertruffle880
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skullnobrainsCommented:
generate the full list with the FIND command

rename the list as .csv

open in excel

sort

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or if you have cygwin or unix tools installed

find /cygdrive/c | sort | uniq -c | sed -e '/^[[:space:]]*1[[:space:]]/ d ; s/^[[:space:]]*[0-9][0-9]*[[:space:]]*//'
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
The term for what you are trying to do is "deduplication".

Here is a utility to do just that....http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/finddupe/

Now, of course, BEFORE you perform an operation such as this, you will want to make a full backup of the drive/computer you are deduplicating.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Your other question dealt with top 50 or 100 files. TreeSize Pro does that.

TreeSize Pro also comes with a File Search function that can readily find duplicate files. That works as well.

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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
As I mentioned at your other question, NirSoft's SearchMyFiles can do this. In this case, select Duplicates Names Search, which has four modes:

Show all duplicate names (Files and Folders)
Show all duplicate names - only files, no folders
Show only duplicate names with identical content
Show only duplicate names with non-identical content

I like excluding the Recycle Bin, which often results in meaningless duplicates:

SearchMyFiles duplicate names search
You can then do everything mentioned in my post at your other question, such as specifying the columns, sorting by Size, loading it into Excel, etc. Here's an example on my D:\ drive showing some of the duplicates (notice the nice color-coding scheme that it provides):

SearchMyFiles duplicates report
Regards, Joe
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You should probably restrict your search to your own data files.  It is not unusual for programs to have their own copies of common files in their own directories.  If you remove duplicates from there, you may find that some programs no longer run.
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