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Windows 7: How to Eliminate duplicate Files in Two My Docs Folders?

15 Apr 2020   #1
Y0GI

 
 
How to Eliminate duplicate Files in Two My Docs Folders?

I have 3 Drives in my 2013 Homebuilt system:
1.) 120 GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD
2.) 1TB Seagate spinning HDD partitioned into 3 virtual Drives: G:, H:, & K:.
3.) 1TB Removable USB backup drive.


I have My Documents located under G:>Libraries>Documents>My Documents.
At some point in the past, I went to backup the My Documents folder to the USB drive and mistakenly copied it back into the same root partition for G: drive, ie. G:>My Documents.
So I now have had 2 My Documents folders in close proximity for some time and I am not sure what I have placed into which folder.


I would like to compare the contents of the two folders and sub folders, delete any duplicates in the G:>My Documents folder and integrate the remaining files and folders into to original My Documents folder under the Libraries.


Can anyone recommend a (hopefully) simple method to accomplish this task?


Thanks for any suggestions,


Yogi
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15 Apr 2020   #2
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Hi Y0GI,

Here's a review of tools that find duplicate files/folders
10+ Tools for Finding and Deleting Duplicate Files on ...

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15 Apr 2020   #3
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Y0GI View Post
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I have My Documents located under G:>Libraries>Documents>My Documents.
At some point in the past, I went to backup the My Documents folder to the USB drive and mistakenly copied it back into the same root partition for G: drive, ie. G:>My Documents.
So I now have had 2 My Documents folders in close proximity for some time and I am not sure what I have placed into which folder.


I would like to compare the contents of the two folders and sub folders, delete any duplicates in the G:>My Documents folder and integrate the remaining files and folders into to original My Documents folder under the Libraries.


Can anyone recommend a (hopefully) simple method to accomplish this task?


Thanks for any suggestions,


Yogi

Problem could be that you do not know which folder contains the latest versions of files/subfolders, so @Snick's method is best.
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15 Apr 2020   #4
Y0GI

 
 

Thank you, Snick!
Thank you, iko22!


I'll give the recommendations a try and let you know how they worked.



Yogi
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15 Apr 2020   #5
Y0GI

 
 

Well, Sports Fans, it appears that I DO NOT have a duplicate file problem after all.


I downloaded, installed and opened the CloneSpy program recommended in the TechSpot article, above. When I tried to select "Documents" under the "Libraries" section, CloneSpy informed me that it was NOT a folder. So, I right clicked on My Documents under Libraries>Documents>My Documents and G:\My Documents. In checking the Properties for both of these My Documents listings, I found that they were exactly identical down to the exact byte and the very same date and time of creation.


So, I never did create a duplicate My Docs folder, MS just lists them that way in Windows 7.



So much worry over nothing.



Thanks for your prompt help and suggestions, anyway fellas!


Yogi
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16 Apr 2020   #6
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Y0GI,
All is well, and you learned something!

Stay safe and healthy!

please mark thread as solved!

Happy computing!
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