4/19/108:55 am MacMost Forum Question: Find Duplicate files Does anyone have a useful/workable way to find duplicate files on your Mac hard drive? — Wellington Comments: 6 Responses to “Find Duplicate files” Gary Rosenzweig 4/19/10 @ 8:56 am This isn’t something I’ve had to worry about too often. But I did try out Tidy Up! a while ago and found it worked well. Sue 8/19/11 @ 4:48 am Hi Gary, I’m trying to clean up my hard drive – Macbook Pro running Lion. I know I can get an external program to help with this, but I’d rather try using what comes with the Mac. I’ve looked at your video for the new search options with Lion. Are there any suggestions you have for finding duplicates using Mac tools or would you still recommend an external program? Thank you for providing so much really quality content! Sue Gary Rosenzweig 8/19/11 @ 7:38 am Depends on what you are looking for. I think there is no substitute for doing it manually. A program can’t really know what you need and don’t need. It can’t know which one of a duplicate is the right one to keep (so you can find it later. Also, looking yourself will help you identify WHY you have duplicates and maybe you can change your work habits so you don’t have those later on. Sue 8/19/11 @ 7:35 pm Thanks! Calvinator 10/10/11 @ 4:24 pm I’m a photographer and occasionally have duplicate files in different folders, files that can read 72MB EACH. I’m getting a ‘low on space’ message and want to find and massage these files. Any way of doing this w/Lion? As always Gary, thanks for your help. Gary Rosenzweig 10/10/11 @ 5:04 pm There’s no function that will be able to accurately guess duplicate, but unnecessary files. You’ve got to just spend the time to clean house. And while you are doing that figure out why you may be creating the duplicates so you can adjust your behavior and not have to deal with it anymore. I’m not sure that a few 72MB files will help much, though. That doesn’t take up much space. Check out episode 611: http://macmost.com/what-to-do-when-your-hard-drive-is-full.html Comments Closed. View all Forum Questions Welcome to MacMostMacMost is brought to you ad-free thanks to its supporters! Learn about the Patreon campaign and find out how you can join Club MacMost! Free MacMost Weekly Newsletter Want all of the new tutorials in your inbox? Sign up for the free weekly newsletter that includes tips, recommendations and news. Learn More From MacMost Online Course: Mac Photos Online Course: macOS Sierra Online Course: Mac iMovie Online Course: Mac Pages Online Course: Mac Numbers Online Course: Mac Keynote Online Course: Mac Security Book: 101 Mac Tips Connect with MacMostSubscribe at iTunes to the MacMost video podcast Check out the free MacMost weekly email newsletter Follow MacMost on Facebook Get updates, news and tips on Twitter Get the free MacMost app for the iPhone and iPad MacMost SectionsA Beginner’s Guide to the Mac Videos by Category Video Archive Top Apple-Related News Apple Rumors All Recent Apple News Virus and Malware Information Center Free iPhone Ringtones iPhone App Recommendations Quick Tips MacMost Online Courses MacMost Recommended Products Popular TutorialsManaging Apple Music iPhone Downloads A Beginner’s Guide to Mac Notes Photo Booth Green Screen Gifting iTunes Movies, Music and More Creating Transparent Images With Pixelmator Adding Custom Ringtones To Your iPhone Using the Keynote Presenter Display Finder Hints and Shortcuts Filling In the Sides of Vertical Video in iMovie iMovie Cropping InformationAbout MacMost Support MacMost MacMost Online Courses Contact MacMost MacMost Site Map MacMost Site Policies Copyright © 2006-2017 CleverMedia, Inc. All Rights Reserved.