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Duplicate files

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:45 pm
by Bookwalter
Greetings! I'm in the process of removing duplicate files that have amassed in my Library over the years (yes, lazy, busy). So I went to the Duplicate Files/Duplicate Content tab in the tree, and sure enough it pulled out a whole bunch of them. But, are all of the titles listed duplicates or is this just a list of All the titles? If I delete all of the listed files, amI losing my original file? I am not finding any info on this, so I dont want to delete anything until I figure out exactly what is in the list.

I also found on here that I can enable duplicate tracks to be eliminated automatically when importing from my Library. Does anyone else use this? Is it effective?

I have multiple folders of music, created over the years, that are in serious need of cleaning/organizing. I just dont have the time like I used to to do this, and I am not all that up on technology these days and certainly cant code. Are there any tools out there to help me automate the process of combing through folders and eliminating all those duplicate files?

Thanks for any help, it is much appreciated.

I'm using whatever the latest release of MM that there is. I used to play with random plugins, but I am definitely behind technologically.

Re: Duplicate files

Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:00 pm
by Lowlander
It includes all copies of the file, thus you'll need to delete all but one to keep 1 copy in the Library. Note that these are just tools and require the user to decide what is a duplicate and what isn't, and what to keep and what to delete.

Also see: ... ate-tracks

Re: Duplicate files

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:09 pm
by VladTepes

Re: Duplicate files

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:15 pm
by Peke
Yeah, but that is another commercial app I need to pay and it doesn't integrate in MMW (Gray tracks everywhere) and too Automatic without handling of Playlists.

Re: Duplicate files

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:22 pm
by VladTepes
There's a free version that has most of the functionality most people would need.

Why would you need or want to integrate it into MM ?

Yous aid you have a lot of duplicates. Just use a program like audio de-dupe to get rid of all the duplicates then rescan the library and all will be lovely !

Re: Duplicate files

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:29 pm
by Peke
Yes you are right but full Clean rescan would loose my playlists (Have around 2k of them) and 15 Years of Statistics, device sync profiles, ... Imagine that on 120k library like mine.

Re: Duplicate files

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:47 pm
by VladTepes
haha yeah well that'd be a bastard :)

Re: Duplicate files

Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:04 pm
by bookwalter
Thanks to all who replied to this. I now have more than enough tools to clean and organize the filth that I call my Library. Much appreciated!

Re: Duplicate files

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:57 pm
by VladTepes
How did you go? All sorted?

What tools did you end up using with success?

Re: Duplicate files

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:26 pm
by bigcebo
Advanced Duplicate Find & Fix...

Re: Duplicate files

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:27 pm
by pamelasplayroom
i have a similar problem but im not that bothered about playlists and other info. i just have around 7.5k of duplicates.
any chance of sharing the tools that you used as im sure that im not the only one with large amounts of duplicates.
many thanks

Re: Duplicate files

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:56 am
by Peke
For duplicate files I use MMW, under Files to edit you can tools to list all duplicates so that you delete only those you do not want to keep until only one is left.

HINT: You can use F5 to refresh track list view.

Re: Duplicate files

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:15 am
by pamelasplayroom
thanks peke. i understand that.
the problem that i have is i have around 98000 music files and the duplicate content tab under files to edit has over 7379 entries, each containing 2,3 or more duplicate files that may or may not have the same file name and/or tag information.

if there was a way to be able to display the acousticid that is generated (saved to a idv3 tag) so that files could be sorted in the view entire library tab then the library could be sorted on that tag field and things would be fairly easy.
as it is opening each duplicate set and selecting the files to delite and clicking confirm is a fairly slow process given the starting quantity of duplicates.

any ideas for a fairly easy method gratefully received.

Re: Duplicate files

Posted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:19 am
by arnouddevries49
everyone talks about "under files..." I dont have "files" ????
Can anyone make a screenshot?

I have:
My collection

Stupid I can not uload a screenshot..and hey...I am Dutch and I use Dutch languages in MediMonkey

Irritating duplicates! Why

Why not use folder and files why stupid labels --- too messy