It happens frequently that you duplicate documents or photos, without even modifying the copy. These versions pile up on your hard drive to the point that they sometimes take up a lot of space. TrashMe allows you to scan a folder for duplicates so that you can eliminate them.
You can choose to scan your entire home folder (user folder) or just a specific folder. It is also possible to drag and drop a folder onto the duplicates home page. When you have made your choice, wait until the results are displayed, which can take up to several minutes if you have a large number of files.
The left part lists all the groups of duplicates. For each group, the right part displays the copies found which are identical. TrashMe considers that two files are identical if they are of the same type, have the same size and have the same content.
Results can be filtered by file type. Above the list on the left, choose from All Duplicates, Applications, Archives, Images, Music and Movies.
By default, TrashMe will select the duplicates to be deleted using the so-called “automatic” method. Other selection methods are proposed. Click the “Select” button at the top and choose from:
- Automatic: TrashMe will keep the copy with the shortest file name, and possibly the most recent
- Keep only the oldest: TrashMe will only keep the copy with the most recent modification date; if several copies have the same modification date, the choice of the retained copy is made randomly
- Keep only the most recent: TrashMe will only keep the copy with the oldest modification date; if several copies have the same modification date, the choice of the retained copy is made randomly
- Keep a single copy: TrashMe will randomly keep a single copy, and delete the others
Once you have made your selection, click on the “Delete” button at the bottom right. The selected files will be moved to the Trash.