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I was trying to recover a pool after a boot drive mishap and ended up "merging" in a drive that I had apparently previously removed. DB is now reporting that I have "multiple primary files detected" and it looks like it has even been so kind as to go through and re-name the duplicates for me, appending a "(1)" to the end of the file name.

 

Two questions: (1) How can I make sure these duplicates are actually bit-for-bit duplicates? Or has DB already done that level of comparison?  (2) if two files are bit-for-bit dups, what's the best way to get rid of the duplicate file and free up that space?

 

Thanks!

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(1) If using XP you could use windiff.exe (dropped from newer Windows versions), but I see you're using WHS2011 which is newer than XP. You could use the command line line FC (File Compare). You could use the open source http://winmerge.org tool.

 

(2) Delete the dup file using Windows Explorer. Use the command line DEL to delete the duplicate file.

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Thanks for the suggestion for Winmerge.  Looks like it might be worth investigating.  I wonder whether it would be better to install it directly on the server or on a client?

 

Also, has anyone used the WHS2011 Plugin "Snoop-de-doop"?  It looks like another option but I'm not sure it's worth $15.  I might give the trial version a try.

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After making a similar mistake a couple of times resulting in multiple duplicate files with the (1) attached, I investigated and have used on a couple of occasions "Search my files" found at www.nirsoft.net. Does not need to be installed it's a stand alone and very flexible and powerful.

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