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Old 05-21-2011, 08:02 AM   #2
Steve Rindsberg
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How many files do you have?

If not too many and you want to work with just the programs you already have, you could copy all of the files from each folder into a third folder then view the folder, ordered by size. Any files that are the same size, to the byte, might be duplicates. You can ignore the others.

For each of the "suspect pairs", do this from the command line:

FC /B File_A File_B

FC is a file compare utility that's on every DOS/Windows PC.
The /B switch tells it to do a binary compare.

If it reports any differences ... well ... the files are different.
If not, delete one. Or the other.

If you want something more visual, there are lots of file compare utilities out there, many of them free. Google for file compare or file compare tool or the like. Most of them will compare identically named files only.

Another approach: if you can find a file hash utility that'll generate hashes for a whole folder full of files, you could look for identical hashes; those are your duplicates.

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