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Can I delete duplicate files, even if they are in separate directories

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December 2, 2011 4:26:45 AM

I just ran a utility that finds duplicate files. The names and sizes are exactly the same, but each are in different directories. Can I delete all dups that are in these different directories?? What if a program/code calls for a file in a absolute path and it doesn't find it. Is code that smart these days that it will look in another location?

for example, qfe.exe is found in multiple files.

c:\DELL\drivers\R147115\gfe.exe
c:\DELL\drivers\R153908\HDAQFE\win2k_xp\us\gfe.exe
c:\Program Files\SigmaTel\C-Major Audio\HDAQFE\win2k_xp\us\gfe.exe

I know the answer may seem obvious, but I thought I'd better ask that to create havoc on my computer....

thanks for your advice!
December 2, 2011 9:12:23 AM

tampagirl said:
I just ran a utility that finds duplicate files. The names and sizes are exactly the same, but each are in different directories. Can I delete all dups that are in these different directories?? What if a program/code calls for a file in a absolute path and it doesn't find it. Is code that smart these days that it will look in another location?

for example, qfe.exe is found in multiple files.

c:\DELL\drivers\R147115\gfe.exe
c:\DELL\drivers\R153908\HDAQFE\win2k_xp\us\gfe.exe
c:\Program Files\SigmaTel\C-Major Audio\HDAQFE\win2k_xp\us\gfe.exe

I know the answer may seem obvious, but I thought I'd better ask that to create havoc on my computer....

thanks for your advice!


Simple. - You are dealing with system files - Leave the duplicates Alone !
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December 2, 2011 7:15:17 PM

Awesome! Thanks so much for your quick response. I'll leave them alone.


Merry Christmas.
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December 2, 2011 9:25:46 PM

tampagirl said:
Awesome! Thanks so much for your quick response. I'll leave them alone.


Merry Christmas.

Same to you, and your's !
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November 3, 2012 6:57:58 AM

Yes there is no such problem of separate directories you can easily remove the duplicate files but use a good duplicate file deleter that really works.
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November 3, 2012 2:02:17 PM

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