”Fast Duplicate File Finder (pro)” (MindGems)

A short review by unrealmirakulix.de

1 What is this for?

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Figure 1 ”Fast Duplicate File Finder” by MindGems
Here the official description of ”Fast Duplicate File Finder” by MindGems [A]  [A] Blog post about the tool (current version): ”Fast Duplicate File Finder FREEWARE will find duplicate files in a folder, computer or entire network. The application will compare the content of the files and will find duplicates even if they are using different file names.
The Professional version can find similar files regardless of their file types. It will analyze the file data in order to find similar files and not just file attributes like name and size as the standard clone removers do. It uses advanced algorithms while searching for similar files and provides accurate results, while this is not true for the commonly advertised FUZZY search methods.
The duplicate remover uses fast binary comparison algorithm and has internal preview supporting a lot of image, video, music and text file formats. It can also preview the common file formats.
When the scan process is finished the program shows all the duplicated files in groups and can automatically mark the oldest for deleting. The auto-mark algorithm has advanced settings to exclude from auto-mark files with user specified extensions, file sizes, file dates and file names. A "source" folder can also be excluded from auto mark. There is an option to protect system files and folders that is enabled by default and guarantees that the application will not remove any critical system files.
Download this FREE duplicate finder and recover up to 50% free space.”
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Figure 2 A screenshot of the main window

2 So is it recommendable?

In the following I’ll inform you about the main points that differ from similar programs and make public all the thing I noticed while trying out and reviewing it.
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3 Result

”Fast Duplicate File Finder” by MindGems is a high recommendable tool for finding similar files fast and ease. It’s designed for professional users, though standard users will also be able to handle it. On my ca. eight year old desktop computer (E8400, 4GB DDR2 RAM, ...) using Windows 7 x64 the performance was great: very high speed. As I already mentioned I really like this classic styled design of the tool combined with maximum functionality.
I used the pro version 3.7.0.1 for reviewing the tool (thanks to Allan Cass, MindGems Inc.). But you look up the difference to the similar free version [B]  [B] Comparison of free and pro version. As I really like especially the features ”Can find similar files” and ”Can export results to XML or CSV”, I would say if you want to use this tool more than once you should think about buying it. But $40? That depends on you as this is high price and you can get free tools, too. But as the review tells, this is a high class product.
All cited texts and pictures are taken from the MindGems website only.