Drastically Increase Your Hard Disk Capacity for Free

by John Rogers 19 replies
I deal in a lot of resale rights and PLR stuff, so naturally over time I tend to end up with a lot of duplicates on my hard drive. This morning I noticed my external HD was becoming dangerously close to full.

I found a freeware program called DupKiller that I used to free up 10GB in a couple of hours.

Setting up the search parameters to find duplicate file sizes rather than file names produced much better results. I also set the parameters to sort the results by file size so that I could deal with the largest duplicates first to free up more disk space faster.

As you delete files, the duplicates disappear from your list, and when you exit the program, your list is saved so you can resume where you left off without having to scan your drives again.

There may be a better application out there, but this one is working nicely for me, and you can't beat the price.

http://dupkiller.net

John
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  • Profile picture of the author Asher
    Wow, 10 GB of duplicate PLR and Resale stuff? My gosh, that's a lot!
    The program looks interesting, thanks for sharing it.

    Still, 10 GB? That's crazy.

    Asher
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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    Really nice! Installing right now. Thanks John.
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    • Profile picture of the author xmx
      Thanks John,

      just installed and started the scanning process.

      As a member of your resellersoasis membership
      site I also have some GB of products on my disks.


      cheers

      Gian
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  • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
    10GB, you're so funny. I have over 2TBs worth of movies sitting on my hard drives. At less than $99 for a 500GB hard drive, you should definitely consider upgrading.

    TomG.

    Originally Posted by John Rogers View Post

    I deal in a lot of resale rights and PLR stuff, so naturally over time I tend to end up with a lot of duplicates on my hard drive. This morning I noticed my external HD was becoming dangerously close to full.

    I found a freeware program called DupKiller that I used to free up 10GB in a couple of hours.

    Setting up the search parameters to find duplicate file sizes rather than file names produced much better results. I also set the parameters to sort the results by file size so that I could deal with the largest duplicates first to free up more disk space faster.

    As you delete files, the duplicates disappear from your list, and when you exit the program, your list is saved so you can resume where you left off without having to scan your drives again.

    There may be a better application out there, but this one is working nicely for me, and you can't beat the price.

    http://dupkiller.net

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
    Nice. Installing it on my PC. Too bad it won't work on a mac. My Mac laptop is getting full as well. :-)

    Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author PaulSchubert
      Originally Posted by Alan Petersen View Post

      Nice. Installing it on my PC. Too bad it won't work on a mac. My Mac laptop is getting full as well. :-)

      Thanks!
      Alan, We replaced all of our PC's and use Mac's with windows, via VMWare Fusion. We tried a number of HD programs and ended up using DupeGuru and DupeGuru ME (Media Edition) to handle the volume of software on our internal and external Hard Drives. Both programs work incredibly well, and they are quick. Hope this helps in your search for a good Mac program.

      PAS
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  • Profile picture of the author Dmitry
    An even easier solution - get organized. Really, I don't see how removing duplicate files would increase your HDD capacity?
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  • Profile picture of the author mmurtha
    Hey John,

    Yeah, I use Dupkiller, and love it. It's a great resourse.

    If there is something out on the market that is better, I'd like to know too because I haven't run across it yet.

    Good going, and thanks for the reminder.


    Mary
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    • Profile picture of the author christyk
      You can clean it out the really fast way like I did early this year - just listen to the idiotic support guy who tells you that you don't have to do a backup before reformatting the disk

      I think maybe instead I'll just add your suggestion to my notes for next time (and, of course, I now rely on mozy for the backup part instead of cd's) Thanks!

      Christy
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      • Profile picture of the author Greg Cooksley
        Hey John,

        Thanks, that really looks neat....

        I've just purchased another 750GB HDD for my backups. After we
        were nailed by lightning last year, I just don't want to take
        chances...

        And Dmitry, obviously if you delete duplicates, it follows that
        by default, you will free up HDD space....You can't do anything,
        physically, to increase your HDD capacity....

        Regards

        Greg
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  • Profile picture of the author Pete223
    Hi John,

    After seeing this thread last night, I downloaded it
    and it worked great... got rid of a lot of crap!

    Great free resource! Thanks!

    Regards, Pete
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  • Profile picture of the author Oliver Hart
    Hi John.

    Thanks for this info.

    The scan tells me that I have 1,3 Gig of duplicate files on my computer.

    My only problem is that i am uncertain if all the files witch show up in the program is duplicate or the orginal file is listed as well?

    Can someone with experience guide me here.

    Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
      Oddvar,

      The results show all instances of the file. You must decide which you want to keep and delete the others. When you have only one of that file remaining it will disappear from the results, as there are no duplicates according to the parameters you set for your scan.

      There is much to be said for organizing the files on your computer. I generally organize my resell rights and PLR in folders by source and month (useful for keeping track of where and when you got it).

      I also use Incansoft's Desktop Acquisition Manager (DAM) to catalog and archive the files, but due to time constraints, I generally don't do that until later.

      John
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris_Willow
    One additional step to make is defragment your hard drive. Accessories->system tools-> disk defragmenter
    Saved me around 50GB from 800GB hard drive, but it may take more than 24 hours to complete, so you have to leave the pc on for a couple of days...

    Chris
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
      John, Thanks!

      I had this once before on my other laptop and couldn't remember it's
      name.

      Have a Great Day!
      Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Birch
    Hey John - thanks for this.

    I can put this one to great use . . .

    Update

    Just did a scan - only 1.17gb of dupes - may just leave them there for a while longer huh?

    Kevin
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  • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
    There are a number of ways you can scan which may reveal different results.

    For example, searching for similar name could very well reveal duplicate files that contain or are missing a license. Or duplicate files, one of which contains a PDF license, and the other a text license.

    MRR_BuyMyProduct.zip - 25.3MB
    and
    BuyMyProduct.zip - 25.5MB

    would only show as duplicate if you scanned for similar file names.

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author IMChick
    This is going to be very useful to me. I just got a 1T drive, and I know that there are dupes all over my system, and I know that I don't know where they all are. Very scary to hit that delete button myself. Thanks!
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