Why was CloneSpy written?
Do you often download files from the Internet? Is your hard drive crowded with these files? Have you ever asked yourself which files you have downloaded more than once? Perhaps you have burned files to a CD and retrieved them again?
Do you want to find these files and eliminate the duplicates? Maybe you want to find duplicate files without checking your entire collection of backup CDs every time? Then CloneSpy is the right tool for you!
What can CloneSpy do?
CloneSpy can help you free up hard drive space by detecting and removing duplicate files. Duplicate files have exactly the same contents regardless of their name, date, time and location.
Also, CloneSpy is able to find files that are not exactly identical, but have the same file name. Perhaps you have different versions of a file and you want to find all of them and remove the older versions. CloneSpy can also find zero length files. These are files that have no content.
With CloneSpy you can process files which
are duplicates and have the same file name
have the same file name
have the same file name and (approximately) the same size
are zero bytes long
CloneSpy offers you a complete mechanism for determining which duplicate or same-name files should be removed. It is also possible to leave this decision up to the individual user.
CloneSpy can handle equal files by
deleting redundant files
moving redundant files to a specific folder
exporting a list of all equal files without removing any files
deferring file operations on redundant files to a batch file where you can apply arbitrary file operations
replacing redundant files with shortcuts or hard links (NTFS) to retained files
With CloneSpy you can build checksum files from files on CDs (or even on hard drives, etc.) and use them to check whether these files already exist on your system. The checksum files will prevent you from having to play DJ every time you search for duplicates!
Version 3.3 (27.08.2016)
Added: The Main window is now resizable.
Added: Added new search options to the Main window.
Modified: Replaced some radio buttons with drop-down lists to make room for the new search options.
Modified: The checksum database journal file is now kept permanently for performance reasons.
Modified: Changed the order of buttons in several dialogs to be consistent with the standard button order in Windows.
Modified: Moved all context help buttons from the window title bars to the lower right corner of the corresponding dialogs.
Modified: The Size of main CloneSpy window option now only changes the Main window size at start-up (see Priority page of the Options window).
Modified: In the default format for exporting lists of equal files, file time now appears before file path.
Fixed: The Copy/Move Dialog Box on Windows 8 and higher is now suppressed.