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How to Find and Delete Duplicate Files on Mac and External Hard Drives

2016-09-21 22:12:54 / Posted byRosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

When the service time of your Mac get longer and longer, the files stored in it will be more and more. Your Mac’s hard drives will run out of space. And you have to transfer some files to your external hard drives, but this method just masks the symptoms. And after you transfer files many times, your external hard drives may be a sea of duplicate photos, music files, archives, videos and other files. So finding and removing duplicate files on Mac and external hard drives seems a good way to free up disk space to store files.

This article includes below contents:

Part 1. What bad influences will duplicate files bring to you?

Part 2. How to find and remove duplicate files on Mac or external hard drives

Part 3. More tips on finding and deleting duplicate files

What Bad Influences Will Duplicate Files Bring to You?

Before showing users how to find duplicate files Mac, let us talk about the bad influences that duplicate files will bring to Mac. Just imagine, if there are so many duplicate files on your Mac, what will happen?

At first, the time that you use to search target files will get longer. We all know, the more files you store in your Mac, the more difficult you find your files. What's more, there are a lot of duplicate files, which will make that harder. Obviously, it is likely to decrease your productivity if you let them stored on your Mac and external hard drives.

And then, other bad influence is that a large quantity of duplicates files will take a lot of hard disk space, which will make your Mac runs slower and slower and you will have no space to get update to OS X 10.12, even you can’t install more application. Those duplicate files hide in the corner you don't know, and gobble up your Mac and external hard drive space. And you have no more space to store other useful files. So it’s time to remove all duplicate files from your internal and external hard drives.

Find and Delete Duplicate Files on Mac and External Hard Drives

How to delete duplicate files such as photos that are stored on an external hard drives? I have over 15000 duplicate photos on my Photos, half of it stored on the external HD. I tried to find these duplicates manually, but it was a waste of time and energy. Is there a duplicate file finder which could help me to find and remove these duplicate photos on Mac? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Above is a question from a Mac users who wants to remove duplicate photos from Photos and external hard drives. Manually finding and removing duplicates from external hard drive or any other drive, is nearly an impossible task and very tedious. So here I am not telling you to manually remove duplicate files from Mac and external hard drive, I am going to show you the fastest way to do that.

The best solution regarded by the most of Mac users to get rid of duplicate files is utilization of the best duplicate file finder such as Cisdem DuplicateFinder. It has the duplicate scanning algorithms that scan entire external hard drive to identify and remove identical files regardless of file name. It can remove kinds of duplicate files including photos, songs, videos, archives, packages, documents and many more. Download free trial version of Cisdem DuplicateFinder below and follow below steps to find and remove duplicate files from Mac and external hard drives.

Steps to find and remove duplicate files on Mac and external hard drive

  1. Connect your external hard disk to your Mac on which you have installed Cisdem DuplicateFinder. Then click “ + “ button to add your local Mac folders or external hard drive folders to scan. You can add multiple folders at the same time. Then click “ Scan “ button to start scanning your folders to find duplicate files. This duplicate file finder will show you real-time scanning results. You can stop scanning anytime you want.You can click the setting button on the top right corner to set up your file size or skip packages. And this app gives you two options to choose for erasing duplicate files from external hard drive; either move them to Trash or delete them permanently. These flexible scanning settings help you find and remove duplicate files at ease.
  2. After the scanning process finishes, this duplicate file finder will show the final results. It will show how many files scanned and duplicates found on your Mac or external hard drive. Click “Show Results” and you will see a colorful pie chart. This colorful pie chart helps you classify duplicates and spot the most problematic file type.
  3. This duplicate file finder will classify duplicates into 7 category and show in tab view. Click “All” on the tool bar and you will see all duplicates listed on the left column. You can use its built-in search function to search duplicates with keyword and sort files easily. You can preview every duplicate file by clicking it, and the detailed information will be shown on the right column.
  4. After previewing all duplicate files, you can select duplicate files that you want to remove and hit “Delete” button on the lower right corner to delete duplicate files. If you want to delete all duplicate files from Mac or your external hard drive in one go, just click “Select All”. With Cisdem DuplicateFinder, you can delete all duplicates such as images, musics, videos from your Mac or external hard drives.

More Tips on Finding and Deleting Duplicate Files

1. If you want to remove duplicates in iTunes, just open iTunes, click File and select Display Duplicates. And you can also press the Alt or Option key and click the View menu, select “Show Exact Duplicate Items”. Any duplicate items found will be displayed in the main iTunes window, allowing you to simply delete them as normal.

2. You can also use Finder to locate duplicates manually. Open a new Finder window. Enter the wild card asterisk symbol or keywords in the search field. Make sure the Size and Kind columns are displayed. Filter the results by Kind, and you will see the list of similar items. The process is rather slow because you need to manually decide which ones to keep and which to delete. 

3. It is important to note that Cisdem DuplicateFinder can be used to find and remove duplicates from iPods.

4. Regularly manage your files and folders, this can help you find and delete duplicate files quickly.

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5 Responses

  • Limnos

    I have a lot duplicate picture and movie files on my MacBook, this duplicate file finder app helped me free up 53GB space. I can't express my gratitude in words.

    3 months ago REPLY
  • Melissa

    I want to delete duplicate files from other storage device, not only from Mac or external hard drives, can Cisdem duplicate file finder help me do that?

    8 months ago REPLY
  • Rosa Reyes

    Hi, Melissa, Cisdem DuplicateFinder fully supports deleting duplicate files from Mac HDD, SSD, external hard drives, cameras, iPods, USB flash drives, memory cards, etc.

    8 months ago REPLY
  • Lareina

    My hard drive seems to create "duplicates" of all my files. I don't want to check it one by one. Cisdem DuplicateFinder did a great job with me.it works very well and remove duplicate files from my external hard drive quickly.

    8 months ago REPLY
  • Phoebe

    My mac was running out of space, and i transferred many files to external hard drive. I found many duplicate photos and music and tried to delete them manually. Oh, my god, I even didn't know there is such a nice tool like Cisdem DuplicateFinder that can help me remove them.

    1 years ago REPLY

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