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I'm in the process of recovering files from a crashed disk to another. I used Norton's to unerase the files. Unfortunately, there are large numbers of duplicate files. Is there a way to automatically delete the duplicate files? I could do it manually, but there are over 20,000 files, 100GB, so it would take ages. Is there any utility for this? I'm running OS 10.2.6...

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    Default Delete duplicate files?

    I'm in the process of recovering files from a crashed disk to another. I
    used Norton's to unerase the files. Unfortunately, there are large numbers
    of duplicate files. Is there a way to automatically delete the duplicate
    files? I could do it manually, but there are over 20,000 files, 100GB, so
    it would take ages. Is there any utility for this? I'm running OS 10.2.6
    kevin Guest

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    Default Re: Delete duplicate files?

    In article <fu-berlin.de>,
    kevin <edu> wrote:
     

    You could write an applescript for it; the hard part, though, would be
    to decide which one to keep in any set of duplicates. And regardless,
    it would be very slow.

    --
    Never play strip tarot.
    Michelle Guest

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    Default Re: Delete duplicate files?

    In article <net>,
    speakeasy.net (Matthew Russotto) wrote:
     
    >
    > You could probably write one in Perl which would work much faster (use
    > 'sum' and 'cmp' and associative arrays, and don't forget the resource
    > forks).[/ref]

    Probably, but I don't know PERL.

    --Michelle

    --
    Never play strip tarot.
    Michelle Guest

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    Default Re: Delete duplicate files?

    In article <west.cox.net>,
    Michelle Steiner <org> wrote:
     
    >
    > Probably, but I don't know PERL.[/ref]

    I bet a utility like Spring Cleaning (if that's still around; haven't
    played with it in years) would do want you want. The little app "Where Is
    My Disk Space" will find identical files, but I'm not sure if there's an
    easy way to delete the duplicates once you find them, automatically. There
    must be a number of utilities that will do what you want, however. Check
    versiontracker.com.
    sam Guest

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