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I knew that I had duplicates. I save things all the time, and then I make backups.. and backups of those backups! I have external hard drives with backups. I have a wireless NAS drive with backsups. I have a SugarSync account that does automatic online backups. Then of course there’s my Dropbox. So there’s no shortage of backups. The problem is that those backups are not organized in any logical way, so they’re really more useless than anything. I probably couldn’t find what I was looking for if I needed to, yet my backups continue to get larger every time, simply be virtue of backing up what’s already been backed up. It’s insane. So yeah.. I knew that I had duplicate files within those backups. I just didn’t know HOW BAD it really was… until I bought a neat little program from the Mac App Store called Gemini: The Duplicate Finder by MacPaw.
If you’re a Windows user… well.. I’m sorry… but this isn’t for you. Do yourself a favour, and throw your Windows machine in the garbage. Then go buy a Mac. You will thank me later. I promise.
Gemini: The Duplicate Finder is $7.99; it’s not expensive, but it’s also outside the range of “Bah.. It’s only a buck.. I’ll try it, what’s the worst that can happen? I waste a whole dollar…”. And quite honestly, I think that too many of the $0.99 Apps flooding the Mac App Store are crap, so I’m willing to spend a little more for something that does the job I’m looking for, and does it well. Reading through the reviews I quickly noticed one thing… most people who purchased Gemini loved it! There were a couple of people who said that it did not work at all, and that kind of worried me, but there’s always someone out there who runs into problem. It doesn’t matter what it is.
I am pleased to tell you that (so far) I am one of the very happy users of Gemini: The Duplicate Finder! As I started the post with… I knew that I had duplicates. I just didn’t know HOW MANY… Well so far I have scanned a 250 GB external harddrive and discovered 61 GB worth of duplicate files! I have some MP3s backed up SEVEN TIMES! I think that every music video I’ve ever purchased is duplicated 2 or 4 times… and this is just ONE hard drive… I can’t wait until I scan the 1.5 TB NAS. That’ll be scary.
Of course finding the duplicates is only the beginning. If you don’t do anything with them, then what’s the point of even looking for them? Gemini: The Duplicate Finder makes it very simple to delete the duplicate files, while at the same time providing checkpoints to ensure that you don’t inadvertently wipe out more than you intended to.
I am going to play with it some more, and you can be sure to see a complete review in the near future.
A friend of mine told me about Dropbox quite some time ago. I created an account at the time, but I didn’t actually try it out until today. What a great little service!
Dropbox provides you with 2GB of free online storage, perfect for backing up important files that you can then access from any computer. You can also easily share some (or all) of these files with other people, if needed. It’s a piece of cake to log in and retrieve them. I stored some mp3 and video files for a course that I’m taking. I don’t need to worry about accidentally deleting them (again) and can get to them anywhere I have an internet connection. There’s even a Dropbox app for my iPhone!
While there is an option to pay for more storage, one of the really nice things about Dropbox is that they will give you an additional 250MB of storage for each referral, up to 8GB maximum. So I’m asking for a little help here. Sign-up only takes a couple of minutes, and is free. Plus, it really is a worthwhile service. Many times I’ve wished that I had easily accessible backups of certain files. And then there’s the stuff that I’ve lost over the years… sure, you can back things up to a DVD or external drive. I would never suggest using online storage as your sole method of backup… but keeping everything on local backup isn’t a great idea either. Things happen. Trust me. A good strategy should involve a combination of offline and online backup, especially for those files that you can not replace… ie pictures.
So, please.. if you have a moment, take a look at Dropbox. And if you think that it might be useful for you, consider signing up. I just checked their FAQ, and we both get an additional 250MB if you sign up through the referral link. And remember… it’s completely free. And extremely useful! Thanks!