Step3: Scan Progress
The specified locations in the last step are thoroughly scanned and analyzed in this step. The scanning progress is displayed corresponding to each specified location. At any time, the scan can be stopped by clicking on “Stop Scan” button.
Step4: Scan Result
The duplicate files identified during scan are grouped according to the file matching criteria and displayed in the tabular format. The duplicate files are clustered together in groups and these groups are shown in alternate colors.
Each group will have the original copy of the file along with the duplicate copies. It is up to the user to opt for files to be deleted from each group and the list.
For convenience, the scan results are also divided into five different categories. Each category will consist of duplicate files related to the category e.g. the duplicate image files will be displayed under the Images category.
Two options are given when you right-click on any item, “View File” and “Open File Location”.
- View File –The content of the selected file can be viewed clicking on this option.
- Open File Location –This option will help you to open the file location of the selected file.
The duplicate files to be deleted can be selected from the list. The cleaning process will follow by clicking on the “Remove Duplicates” button. Before removing any duplicate, make sure that the original copy is not deleted.
Duplicate File Finder removes all the selected duplicate files and moves them to the Recycle Bin. As a precaution, a system restore point is also created. In case, the changes are not welcoming, the system can be restored to the last known configuration.
To stop the process of removing duplicate files, click on “Cancel” button.
Once the cleaning is through, the cleanup summary is shown. The total number of duplicate files found, the total number of files removed and the estimated disk space saved after removal. All these are listed in the summary.