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Windows 7: Compare 2 folders, copy uncommon to a new folder

15 Feb 2015   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Compare 2 folders, copy uncommon to a new folder

Hello folks,

I have a task of sorting 3120 pdf files into various folders depending on their topic. These are all research papers I have downloaded over the period of last 12 years. Was using a bilbiographic application to keep them in check, but after a decade, it failed. Now I have 3120 pdfs in One folder. These files relate to 6 different projects I work/worked on. I need to sort them to the respective folders so that I don't fiddle around the old files, those I need but don't use on day to day basis.

Sorting them on date is not a solution.

I use 'Everything' to search files on the drive. I used some keywords to 'filter' the files and sorted about 50%. Now I need to sort rest of the 50%. I will have to go through them one by one.

So the question is, is there any way that I can run a folder comparison utility and it spits out the UNCOMMON files in a new folder. Deduplicating applications delete the common files, and I want to separate uncommon files.

Anybody has a pointer? It may be very easy with the right utility, but as you see, I am not well versed with this.

Many thanks in advance.

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17 Feb 2015   #2

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan

You could run a batch script; no software required.

What is your definition of a "common file"? Same filename? 1:1 binary duplicate?
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