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2nd February 2011, 09:41 AM #1
Mass deletion of old/duplicate files on shared drive
We have a shared drive which staff are free to create folders and save documents to. They was/is some basic folder structure but its a bit of a mess.
I started moving anything i deemed obsolete into a hidden folder and then clear out this folder each year in case anyone comes asking for missing work.
I want to know if there is a tool or an easy way to search say all files and folders not accessed in a set time frame, say 2 years, so that i can then move them to a hidden folder before deleting them. There is also the problem of duplicate files floating around which i'd like to delete as well. I've seen a few tools to find and delete them, but can anyone reccommend something they have used successfully?
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2nd February 2011, 09:46 AM #2
You could probably do it with a batch/powershell script.
But for images, I like to use VisiPics to find duplicates.
2nd February 2011, 09:49 AM #3
Robocopy will do this, it would be something like (but please check this before using):
Robocopy s:\staff\*.* s:\archive\*.* /E /MOVE /MINAGE:730
Last edited by teejay; 2nd February 2011 at 09:51 AM.
2nd February 2011, 09:54 AM #4
For duplicate files, bit of a pain, but you could do:
dir *.* /S /OS > files.txt
This will give you a list of all files sorted by size, it's then a case of hunt for files the same size and name, bit manual I know.
2nd February 2011, 10:01 AM #5
Excellent piece of software but not free:
Duplicate File Detective Software - Find and Remove Duplicate Files
Does what it states
2nd February 2011, 10:42 AM #6
I would recommend treesize for any system admin a very useful tool
Thanks to kili from:
mickeyh080 (4th August 2011)
5th January 2012, 07:10 AM #7
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i may have used that one, some of them come with an option to delete the dupe and replace it witha shortcut to the original file.
5th January 2012, 08:09 AM #8
Seems like deleteman is advertising, given that the response is to a post in Feb 2011!
5th January 2012, 08:15 AM #9
- Rep Power
oh bloody hell, now I just look ridiculous
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