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In our technological era most people store their audio collections on a digital media. Unfortunately duplicating data on a digital media is a very quick process and often we make copy of our audio files, download them several times in different formats and quality and then forget to remove them. Finding duplicate mp3 files or other audio formats in a vast collection is a tedious task as you have to first locate the duplicate files and then compare the quality and remove the one that is not needed. Having in mind that multimedia files are often quite large even terabyte sized storage can go out of space very quickly.
Audio Dedupe by MindGems Inc. is a tool that is very handy in such situations. Unlike the standard duplicate file finders on the market, the tool is designed specifically to find duplicate mp3 files and other audio file formats. What is even more interesting is that it does not need audio tags like ID3 in order to accomplish that. Audio Dedupe performs a real audio scan using complex algorithms in order to find audio files that sound alike. Due to that fact Audio Dedup can recognize a song even if it is stored in several different file formats – MP3, MP2, MP1, MPA, WAV, OGG and AIFF.
Once the scan process is complete Audio Dedupe will list all the duplicate audio files sorted by groups of two or more files. It provides a handy auto-mark feature that can mark files choosing files with lower quality, older date or smaller size for deletion. You can also listen to the files using the internal audio player and compare them. The embedded audio player has a continuous playback feature that lets you switch between the duplicates while they are playing. Once you are done with the review of the results you can choose weather to move the files to a certain folder (backup), delete them to the recycle bin or completely remove them from your hard drive. If your files are organized in folder Audio Dedupe will also maintain the folder structure of the moved files in the target location.
It is easy to keep your audio collection clean as Audio Dedupe will also remember the already scanned songs and every consequential scan will be even faster. Cleaning up duplicate audio files can save you gigabytes of valuable disk space and using a similar tool is a must.
Sometimes when you have a lot of different types of data on a hard drive, it’s easy for files to get mixed up and you forget which files contain which information. Hard drive space is valuable, but sometimes it’s very easy to get multiple files that contain the same information. Normally, your system won’t recognize this, nor will it do anything to cut down on the use of hard drive space. All the system really looks at is the filename, rather than the contents. This is done because sometimes people want to create backup files, but often it ends up just using more space than is needed. Fast Duplicate File Finder is a program that can help to find duplicate files on your hard drive.
Fast Duplicate File Finder works by looking at the binary code – all the 0s and 1s that make up your file and searching for similar code instances between files. It’s a simple matter of specifying file extensions and previewing the contents of the files. Fast Duplicate File Finder supports plenty of different file types – text, video, image and music files can all be previewed within the easy-to-use interface. After you scan for a particular file, the program will pull up a menu, informing you of other files that matched its own code and marking them to be deleted. You can specify which file types or subfolders should be excluded from this marking, which means you don’t have to worry about accidentally deleting files you wanted to keep. Mainly, this applies to system folders where most of your operating system files and drivers are kept. If these are accidentally deleted, the machine would malfunction and Fast Duplicate File Finder protects those files by default.
When duplicate files are found, you can move them to the Recycle Bin, move them to their own folder or simply delete them from the hard drive entirely. Not only can this software can find duplicate files on standard hard drives, it can work with network folders and removable storage devices such as CDs, DVDs or USB Flash drives.
This doesn’t have to interfere with your work either – the software is capable of scanning your computer during idle time by setting its process to the lowest priority. Fast Duplicate File Finder will run on all Windows operating systems. To install the program, you should have minimum 128 MB of RAM and 2 MB of hard drive space.