Using Everything to help remove duplicates?

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Using Everything to help remove duplicates?

Post by phototaker » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:07 am

:P Firstly thanks for this wonderful program.

I have a problem which I suspect 'Everything' can help solve.

I have 4 portable USB drives which 'Everything' can see and index. On these drives there are literally a few thousand old mp3 tracks which were ripped from my old CD's. When I display audio only in Everything I can see that there are many many hundreds of duplicates

I would like to delete these duplicates & then consolidated one copy of each track of music to one drive. and deleting the unwanted copies. I think that everything should be up to doing this job but I don't know enough to confidently proceed with the job.

One possible problem as I see it is than many music tracks can either be in an album folder and others aren't.

I know very little about the syntax which is used to define a search. I have looked at your page about syntax & even saw that DUPE is mentioned but when I typed this in nothing was displayed.

Is there any easy solution for an inexperienced person to achieve this & if so how is this done?

Thanks in advance

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Re: Using Everything to help remove duplicates?

Post by vanisk » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:28 am

For e.g., for finding MP3 duplicates in drives G: and H:, please try

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*.mp3 <G:|H:> dupe:

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Re: Using Everything to help remove duplicates?

Post by void » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:29 am

Note: Everything dupe functions should be used as a guide only.
Two files with the same size does not indicate a duplicated file, but it should give you a very quick idea of what may be duplicated.

Please try searching for:

and sorting by size descending.

This will find files with the same size.


Please try searching for:
ext:mp3 dupe:

and sorting by name ascending.

This will find files with the same filename.

Notes: dupe: and sizedupe: find duplicates in the ENTIRE index, not the current results.

If you wish to apply a filter with dupe: and sizedupe:, please apply the filter first, export results as an EFU file list and perform the dupe: search on the filelist, for example, to search your L: drive, N: drive and O: drive, for mp3 files only, to later perform a sizedupe: search:
  • In Everything, type in the following search:
    l:|n:|o: ext:mp3
  • From the File menu, click Export...
  • Change Save as type to: EFU Everything File List
  • Choose a file name and click Save.
  • From the File menu, click Open File List
  • Select the filelist you saved from earlier and click OK.
  • Type in the following search:
  • Sort by size descending for the best results.
  • When you are finished finding duplicates, close the opened file list:
    • From the File menu, click Close File List.

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