• Scan Location Tab

Scan Location Tab

We need to tell the program where to search. On the 'Scan Location' tab you can choose folders by selecting from the list and dragging to the 'Search Paths' windows, or by clicking the Add Path button. Alternately paths can be dragged and dropped from Windows Explorer.  Right clicking on a path names brings up extra options.  Specific paths can be excluded from the search.
Duplicate Cleaner can use regular or UNC type paths.
Scan Location Tab

Folders and Drives List

1. Folders and Drives List
This is the list of available drives and folders.  Any of these can be added as a search path by selecting the folder and clicking the arrow, or dragging across.
Paths can also be dragged from Windows Explorer directly into the Search Paths window.
A right-click context menu is also available on this list, with additional actions such as add folder, expand/collapse, show in explorer, and properties.
If a location such as a network folder is not shown, it can be added to this list by typing/pasting in the box at the top of the list.
The 'Show Hidden' button at the bottom will display any hidden folders in the folder tree.

Search Paths

2. Search Paths
This list contains the paths that are to be scanned by Duplicate Cleaner. Right-clicking on this list will bring up a context menu allowing you to change the status and other settings.
All path have a Status:
  • Included - Path will be scanned
  • Excluded - This path (and subfolders) are not to be scanned
There are additional settings against each folder, these can be used to give you more control:
Files in a folder flagged as protected cannot be marked or removed.  You can set this flag on any folder you want to keep safe.
When this is set on a folder, files in other non-master folders which do not match files in the master are ignored in the scan. This way you can check for files which specifically duplicate a certain folder or drive.  You can set the Master flag on one or more folders.
For example, a scan with two starting folders:
Master Folder (D:\)
File A
File B
File C
File D
Regular Folder (G:\Backup\)
File A [Duplicate of file A in Master folder]
File B
File B [Duplicate of file B in this folder and Master folder]
File E [No duplicate - ignored]
File F
File F [Duplicated in this folder, but ignored as not in Master folder]
Scan against Self
Duplicates files within this folder/tree will be shown in the results. If this is set to 'No' then the only files from this folder shown will be ones which have duplicates in other folders.
Find uniques
Any files in this folder which do not have duplicates will be listed in their own tab in the results.
If this folder is also set to 'Don't scan against self' then all files which do not have duplicates in other folders will be listed as unique - even if they have duplicates within their own folder.
Note: You cannot list uniques from a non-master folder if another folder is set as master.
Scan subfolders
All subfolders of this folder will be included in the scan. The above settings will also apply to the subfolders.

Search Path buttons/options

3. Search Path buttons/options
Select folder
Allows you to select a folder to directly add to the Search Paths list, using the default Windows folder selector dialog.
Enter folder name
You can type or paste a drive/path name here to add to the Search Paths list. UNC paths are supported.
Clear list
Clears the Search Paths list.

Start scan button

4. Start scan button
Clicking on this button will start the scan.  Only do this once you have set all the criteria and the search paths.