How to Recover Hard Disk Space Using NoClone

Can you recover valuable disk space when your memory is full? Sure you can! Read this article to learn how to uncover duplicate files and recover disk space and avoid buying a new hard drive.

Steps

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    There are many duplicate files finders out there. NoClone is demonstrated here because of its true byte-by-byte comparison and Smart Marker. Visit http://noclone.net to download a free trial.
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    After you have downloaded the simple but powerful file utility, double-click on the installer to execute installation. Follow on-screen instructions to complete setup.
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    Click Start menu-->All programs-->NoClone-->NoClone to open NoClone. Then you have to select folders to scan by clicking the Browse button. You can select folders that contain your songs, photos and documents. If you don't know which folder to scan, click the drop down list box to select My documents. After that, click Add Path.
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    Select more settings if needed. Click Search button to uncover duplicate files which is the same in file contents regardless of file name and type.
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    When the search is completed, a list of groups of duplicate files are reported. Click on the photos to get preview, double-click the file to open. It is recommended that you review your files before taking actions.
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    Manually check files to mark for actions or use Smart marker to mark files for you. Click menu Result files, Smart Marker, select criteria like by date, folder location or file name pattern. Those files will be marked.
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    Take action on the duplicates. Click menu Result files, choose Delete/Move/Copy files but moving files to a temporary folder and keeping for some time is recommended before deletion.
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    Save the search session or export the result for future reference.

Tips

  • You can define duplicate files by clicking the Define button
  • Use Smart marker to filter duplicates for removal

Warnings

  • Always enable Protect system folders
  • Move files instead of deleting

Sources and Citations

Article Info

Categories: Operating Systems