dupeGuru Review - Things You Need to Know about dupeGuru

2018-03-23 05:59:58 / Posted by Peter William to Utility Follow @ Peter

dupeGuru is a familiar name to many Mac users. It’s a duplicate file finder for Mac, Windows and Linux. Users can use it to find and remove duplicate pictures, music files and other types of files on Mac. Is dupeGuru safe and easy to use? Does it do a good job of finding duplicate files? Are there duplicate finders for Mac that can do a better job? You can find answers in this dupeGuru review.

dupeGuru review: 7 important things to know about dupeGuru

1. What is dupeGuru?

dupeGuru is a cross-platform duplicate file finder that can identify and remove duplicate photos, audios, documents and other kinds of files on computer. It uses a “fuzzy matching algorithm” to scan and find either duplicate filenames or contents even not exactly the same.

2. dupeGuru is discontinued

Having been around since the year of 2004, dupeGuru is discontinued by the developer and now maintained by a third party. The latest version (4.0.3) was released in 2016. You can download it on voltaicideas.net or from other trustworthy sources.

3. dupeGuru is not completely free

Some people may think that dupeGuru is totally free, but actually not. dupeGuru gives clear explanation that after you delete 10 duplicate files you will be asked to buy it at $9.99.

4. Is dupeGuru safe to use?

The answer is yes. As long as you download the installer of dupeGuru from the official website or other legit sources, there will be no adware, malware or any other threats.

5. Does dupeGuru do a good job of finding real duplicate files?

dupeGuru used to have three editions: the standard edition, the music edition and the picture edition. With the latest versions, there is only one edition with the Standard mode, Music mode and Picture mode instead. The latter two modes help you clean up your photo and music collections respectively. The Music mode can scan tags and show music-specific information in the results. And the Picture mode can scan pictures fuzzily, allowing you to identify photos that are identical or similar.

dupeGuru is good at finding duplicate files with the same name. When it comes to identify duplicate files that are only the same in content, it’s not so good. In our test, it found much fewer duplicate files than some other tools.

6. Does dupeGuru scan fast?

dupeGuru can scan and detect duplicate files quickly most of the time. But in another test, when I added the whole hard disk, it scanned very very slowly, just as one of the users claimed on CNET.

DO NOT tell the consumer who pays $20 for the software that it may not delete from an external. Don't buy this program if you want to delete from an external drive!! I want my money back, but they won't even address that request.

Also, in our tests, the app sometimes crashed when scanning an entire hard drive.

7. dupeGuru may be a bit difficult to use for novice users

dupeGuru has a very simple interface. It puts most of its functions in menu bar and lacks visual display. When it scans for duplicate files, it can’t stop while scanning. After scanning is finished, users have to preview files by opening a new window. And no side-by-side preview is available, which causes inconvenience when it comes to previewing duplicate images.

dupeGuru vs. dupeGuru alternative: test and comparison

With its share of pros and cons, dupeGuru is a rather decent duplicate file finder for Mac. The bad news is that dupeGuru is discontinued with very little likelihood of any future update for the latest and upcoming macOS versions.

We tested a few popular duplicate file finders and picked Cisdem Duplicate Finder as the best dupeGuru alternative Mac users can choose. During the test, we used dupeGuru and Cisdem Duplicate Finder for Mac to scan the same folder. dupeGuru found 418 duplicates which occupied 492.18MB space, whereas Cisdem Duplicate Finder found 1162 duplicate files with a total size of 572.99MB. And the latter used less time.

  Cisdem Duplicate Finder dupeGuru
Supported OS OS X 10.10 + (including macOS 10.13) OS X 10.8 + (not updated since 2016)
Speed Very Fast Fast
Ease of Use Easy Hard to use with an old-fashioned interface
Scan Apps (iTunes/iPhoto/Photos) Add app directly Can't remove duplicates from Photos
Scan filter Yes Yes
Side-by-side preview Yes No
Auto-select Yes No
Results Can find duplicate files with the same content regardless of file name Can find duplicate files with the same name; not so good with duplicates with different names

DupeGuru for Mac Alternative

Cisdem Duplicate Finder for Mac is one of the best duplicate file finder tools which can replace DupeGuru for users to find and delete duplicate pictures, documents, videos, music files, etc. With the help of this app, you can free up hard drive space and speed up your Mac to the most just in several clicks. It also has many significant features which make it beat other competitors.

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What makes Cisdem Duplicate Finder stand out:

1. Powerful Scanning Engine

It uses the MD5 value check-sum algorithm to find the true duplicate files regardless of file names. It also supports to scan and find duplicate files from Internal Mac hard drives and External storage devices like external hard drives, SD cards, digital cameras, USB flash drives, etc.

2. Multiple Filter and Removal Options

Before scanning, it also allows you to choose Scan mode, Removal methods in General tab. You can choose it to scan by file name or file content. With Cisdem DuplicateFinder, you can do whatever you want with your duplicates. Not only can you delete duplicates files permanently it finds, but you can also move them to Trash or move them to specified folder. And you can also specify the filter depending on the duplicate size in Filters tab.

3. Scan Duplicates with High Speed

When scanning the same large folder, Cisdem DuplicateFinder scans much faster than DupeGuru. And in one of the past scanning speed tests, it also beat Gemini 2; you can check this article Gemini 2 for Mac Alternative and Review to see the test results.

4. Perfect built-in Preview Function

When scanning you can stop at any time you want and DuplicateFinder will show the instant result. It will show you all found duplicate files in both pie chart and tab view. In pie chart, it classifies duplicates in 7 categories and will show how much space every category takes. In tab view, all duplicate files are listed in the left column. You can click each duplicate to preview the detailed information like file name, content, date and time.

5. Hide Files from Scanning again

This duplicate file finder allows you to hide files from scanning again so that you can focus on new duplicates only and delete them without having to pass the thousands of duplicates that you want to keep in the folder or hard drive. And it also supports removing files from hidden list if you don’t want to keep them anymore. Also, you can skip files with particular extensions. All these are in your control.

6. Select Duplicates by Default and One Click to Delete

Cisdem DuplicateFinder selects duplicates by default, which helps to iron out the flaw of DupeGuru. It’ll keep at least one instance of each duplicated item for sake of safety. And it also allows you to select all duplicates manually by clicking “Select All” button. Then you can hit “Delete” button to get rid of all unwanted duplicate files on your device.

As you can see, the interface of Cisdem DuplicateFinder is pretty simple and user friendly. It supports Mac OS X 10.10 or later, including macOS 10.13 High Sierra. It has earned rave reviews from users and authoritative websites. Below is a review from Macsoftreview.

DuplicateFinder 3 is restyled and under the hood the math engine has been tuned for better performance. It does what it claims. It finds all your duplicate files fast. Really fast. The results are presented and sorted in file type. So besides a nice interface it is a great utility.

In short, Cisdem Duplicate Finder for Mac can be a good alternative to replace dupeGuru and can provide you with an easy solution to free up space of Mac and other external storage devices by finding and removing unwanted duplicate files. Download it below and try it for free to see how many duplicate files have stored on your storage device.

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1 Comments Leave a Reply

  • Crazyman

    After I tried both dupeguru and Cidem duplicate finder, I prefer to choose cisdem duplicate finder not only because of its simple interface, but also the accuracy.

    2 years ago REPLY