Duplicate Sweeper Review, Tutorial and the Best Alternatives

2020-03-26 22:08:06 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

You’ll probably be surprised at not only how many duplicate files are there on your computer’s hard drive, but also by how much space you can free up by getting rid of them. Deduplication software like Duplicate Sweeper can be use to find and delete duplicate files on computer. Does Duplicate Sweeper do a good job of removing duplicates? Is the app safe? How do I use it? You will find the answers in this review.

Duplicate Sweeper review

What is Duplicate Sweeper? Developed by Wide Angle Software, it is a duplicate file finder that can find and eliminate duplicate pictures, audios, videos, documents and some other duplicate files on computer.

Supported OS:

  • Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7, Vista (32-Bit and 64-Bit)
  • macOS 10.8 or higher

Is Duplicate Sweeper safe?

Duplicate Sweeper is safe to download and install. Be sure to download it from reliable sources like the official website. The app is also safe when it comes to usage. For example, when a user takes the action of deleting duplicate files, the app will move the files to the Recycle Bin (or Trash on Mac). This way, it will be safe and quick to restore mistakenly delete files.

Download & Install

  Free download Compatibility Size
Windows From official website Windows Vista or later 5.81 MB
Mac From official website macOS 10.8 or later 3.43 MB

With both the PC and Mac versions, users can use the most basic way to install or uninstall the app. For example, to uninstall Duplicate Sweeper on Mac, go to Finder, click the Applications folder, find the app, control-click it and select Move to Trash.

Cost: Is Duplicate Sweeper free?

Duplicate Sweeper is a paid app, but it offers a free demo version. The demo version doesn’t expire. It allows users to scan for duplicate files in selected folders and view the scan results. To be able to remove unwanted duplicates all at once, one needs to purchase a license and get the full version.

How much is Duplicate Sweeper?

  • Full lifetime license for 1 Mac: $20.00
  • Full lifetime license for 1 Windows PC: $20.00

It’s a one-time purchase.

Feature 1: Find duplicate files

Important note: Duplicate Sweeper for Windows and Duplicate Sweeper for Mac are basically the same when it comes to features and performance. However, there are some differences in regard to the interface and certain options. The Mac version has obviously fewer options. For Mac users, if this app is not useful enough, there are better alternatives to consider.

This duplicate file finder works with PC, Mac and even external storage devices such as an external drive. There are up to three ways to add folders to search for duplicates. One way is to drag and drop a folder.

add folders for duplicate search in Duplicate Sweeper

The time it takes to search depends on the amount of files in the added folder(s). According to our test, Duplicate Sweeper is slow when compared to similar commercial software.

To customize a duplicate search and make the process more efficient, you can configure settings in Preferences before performing a search.

  • Search Options Under this tab, you can set the app to skip files that are larger or smaller than the specified size. For example, if your purpose is to remove large duplicates so as to free up space, you can skip small files and reduce the search time. You can also tell the app to only look for one type of duplicates such as duplicate MP3 files.search options
  • Exclude File Types Likewise, you can exclude specific types of files from the duplicate search. For instance, you can exclude system files, which can help prevent important files from being accidentally deleted.exclude file types

Feature 2: View and preview duplicates

Once the search is finished, you can view the search results and preview the duplicate files found.

search results window

In the File Types panel on the left, you can find six tabs. Under the All tab are all the duplicates that have been discovered.

In the Duplicate Groups panel, there is a list of duplicate groups. You can expand a group by selecting it. And then you can find the duplicates in this group displayed in the bottom right part of the interface.

In the preview window, you can preview audios, videos, images and documents. It’s convenient. The preview feature is especially important when you handle duplicate photos.

Feature 3: Remove duplicates

Now it's time to select duplicate files for deletion. To select a file, you can check the Remove checkbox next to a file. It will be time-consuming and tedious if you do it all manually. To make things easy and quick, Duplicate Sweeper can automatically mass select duplicates based on your preference.

From the menu bar at the top, select Duplicates. There are two rules for you to choose from: Keep Newest Files and Keep Oldest Files. If you choose Keep Oldest Files, then, in each group, all the files except for the oldest one will be selected for removal.

automatically select duplicates to delete

Once all the unwanted duplicate files are selected, you can click Recycle Selected Duplicates to get rid of them. Before the removal takes place, you will be asked to confirm it.

confirm to delete selected files

By default, the files will be moved to Recycle Bin (PC) or Trash (Mac). In Preferences, you can also set Duplicate Sweeper to move them to a folder of your choice.

removal preferences

A quick summary

Pros

  1. Easy to use with a simple user interface
  2. Support various file types like photos, music files, videos and documents
  3. Let you exclude files from duplicate search by file size or format
  4. Come with a preview feature
  5. Offer two auto selection rules
  6. Allow you to delete duplicates with one click

Cons

  1. Relatively slow when searching for dupes
  2. Can't find as many duplicate files as some deduplication software
  3. Not enough options for search and selection for more advanced users

Tutorial

This is a basic tutorial on how to use Duplicate Sweeper. To know more about how this app works, please check out the review above.

Step 1. In this duplicate file finder, click the Add Folder button and add one or more folders. Alternatively, you can add a folder by dragging and dropping it to the app. Click Start Duplicate Search in the top right corner.

Step 2. When the search finishes, you will be presented with the Search Results window. View and preview the files as you like.

Step 3. Click the Keep All Newest Files button and choose from the two options provided. You can also manually select duplicates for elimination or deselect them.

Step 4. Click the Recycle Selected Duplicates button.

Duplicate Sweeper alternatives

#1 Cisdem Duplicate Finder

OS: macOS 10.10 Yosemite - macOS 10.15 Catalina

Cisdem Duplicate Finder can be the best Mac alternative to Duplicate Sweeper. This duplicate file finder is easy-to-use and versatile with enough basic and advanced options. In the test, we used this app and Duplicate Sweeper to scan the same folder for duplicates. Cisdem Duplicate Finder found 1.07 GB duplicate files, and Duplicate Sweeper found 909 MB. The former used less time.

duplicate sweeper alternative

This Duplicate Sweeper alternative is user-friendly yet sophisticated. It comes with a set of options to meet various deduplication needs. For example, it offers multiple selection rules to handle duplicate files and similar images.

selection rules for duplicate files

Selection rules for duplicate files

selection rules for similar images

Selection rules for similar images

Benefits

  1. Find duplicate images, audios, videos, Word documents, PDFs, ebook, packages, etc.
  2. Remove duplicated items from Photos, iPhoto, iTunes & Music
  3. Also find similar images, with customizable similarity level
  4. Detect and delete dupes on Mac, external storage devices, Google Drive, etc.
  5. Offer 2 scan modes and 3 removal methods
  6. Let you exclude files from scan by setting minimum and maximum file sizes
  7. Let you set the scan to ignore files by folder/path or format/extension
  8. Offer up to 8 selection rules to automatically select dupes to delete
  9. Provide 3 preview modes, allowing side-by-side image preview
  10. Allow you to zoom in or out preview for better view

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#2 Duplicate Cleaner

OS: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista

Designed to clean up duplicate files, this Windows-only duplicate file finder supports all popular file types and formats. It can help you quickly tidy up your photo collection, music collection and other files. Compared to Duplicate Sweeper, this app is way more complicated. On the one hand, Duplicate Cleaner offers an impressive set of features and options to offer more efficiency and flexibility. On the other hand, it results in an overwhelming interface with loads of tabs and buttons. It’s not user-friendly to beginners, but more-advanced users will definitely from the complexity.

Duplicate Sweeper alternative for Windows

Benefits

  1. Support a wide variety of file types and formats like images and videos
  2. Also scan for similar images
  3. Offer flexible scan options
  4. Allow you to exclude folders from scan
  5. Allow you to use its Selection Assistant tools to easily select items for removal
  6. Work with both your computer's hard drive and network drives
  7. Let you preview images with zoom feature
  8. Move deleted duplicate files to Recycle Bin or a specific folder

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Conclusion

This Duplicate Sweeper review talks about what the app does and how it does what it’s designed to. If you are happy with what it has to offer, you can download its free trial. If you are looking for a more advanced app, the alternatives recommended above are worth checking out.

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