deClutter disk – settings

When using deClutter Disk for the first time, you will be asked to configure your usage settings.

Duplicate file finder. Configuration to clean up a disk
Default configuration to clean up a disk

Folder: specify the disk or folder to search and analyze.

Skip system files: Ignores all folders that are marked as system folders. Also ignores the Windows and Program Files directories.

File comparison to determine duplicate lists:

In addition to duplicate files needing to be exactly the same size, one of the following analysis methods will also be used to match files:

Very quick: Uses file metadata to match files. For the largest files uses the Quick method.

Quick: Does a partial check of the file content.

Slow deep: Does a full scan of the files content to generate an SHA1 hash of the file. This is very slow and impractical for many full disk scans. But it has the highest degree of accuracy. It is best suited for use on specific folders (rather than a complete disk).

Minimum File size: Only files larger than this value (in MegaBytes) is stored for analysis. 1MB is a good size. Making this value very small will find lots of little files and will take much longer to analyze. The intended focus is big files.

Minimum size of largest folder: Only folders larger than this value (in Mega Bytes) are displayed in the Large folders list.

Minimum number of duplicate files in a “Partial duplicate folder”: A “Partial duplicate folder” is defined to be a folder with more than this number of duplicate files between 2 or more folders. The intent is to find large folders of duplicates – so it can be merged or deleted. e.g. find large folders that have been copied to multiple locations.

Logging: files deleted from deClutter disk information can be logged.

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