Fequal is a free duplicate file finder for Windows which you can use in order to search for duplicate files by both comparing files and comparing shortcuts/links. When files are compared, they are compared using the usual methods, by comparing either their size, or other identifying file info like date of creation. Great thing about this free duplicate file finder is that it will also check to see if files hidden behind shortcuts and links are the same, it’s basically also a duplicate shortcut checker.
Fequal is portable which means that you don’t have to install it in order to use it. Top left corner of the interface allows you to select the directory, directory where you want this free duplicate file finder to look for duplicate files and shortcuts. Underneath the directory selector you can tweak the duplicate file search (turn on/off scan of sub-directories, shortcuts/links, etc).
The two empty boxes in the bottom left corner are reserved for going over the list of duplicate files that were detected and the controls on the right are for managing the found duplicates (deleting them, moving, etc). All the way on the right, you will see a preview of the file and information about it in the bottom right corner box.
Key features of Fequal are:
- Free and simple to use: easily and in just two clicks find duplicates
- Allows you to search for both duplicates files and duplicate shortcuts
- File extension filtering: filter files based on their file extension
- Previewer: allows you to preview duplicate files that it finds
- Duplicate manager: easily manage found duplicates (remove, open folder)
- Portable: does not require any kind of installation, download and run
- Works with all versions of Windows: starting with Windows XP
Duplicate files can cost you hard drive space, and they can cost you a lot of hard drive space because most modern cameras create high quality photos which are very large in size. If you have a large image collection, or any other type of media collection, it’s always a good idea to check and see just how much duplicates you have.
How to check for duplicate files and shortcuts/links with Fequal: free duplicate file finder
By clicking on the Directory button, in the top left corner, set the directory where you want this free duplicate shortcut checker and file finder to look for files.
After that tweak the options little bit further down below to customize the search. When you’re done with that, click on the Search button to start searching for files. Found duplicate files and shortcuts are gonna be listed in the two file lists in the bottom left corner. If you select a file its preview is gonna be shown on the right. Use the controls from the middle pane to delete the duplicate image.
Fequal is very easy to use and it’s portable, which means that you don’t have to go through the hassle of registration if you are interested in checking out files on your system and see if any of them are duplicates. You could save both hard drive space and also time, because you’ll no longer be browsing through a sea of duplicates when viewing images. Free download.