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Looking for an app to merge folders and remove duplicates Mac OSX High Sierra

Postby Sam Spoons » Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:00 pm

Wot ot sez. I want to merge several versions of my iTunes music media folder without ending up with loads of duplicate tracks. Then do the same with photos from several old hard drives. I found one app but as it seems to be from the MacCleaner dev I'm reluctant to trust it.
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Re: Looking for an app to merge folders and remove duplicates Mac OSX High Sierra

Postby Kwackman » Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:05 pm

I used this company's software for sorting out my brother's iPhoto libraries into one with no duplicates, it worked fine for me.
They do something for music too, but I've never used it.

https://www.fatcatsoftware.com
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Re: Looking for an app to merge folders and remove duplicates Mac OSX High Sierra

Postby Tomás Mulcahy » Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:47 pm

Ya MacCleaner is spammy shite.

I had excellent results consolidating a bunch of back up HDs with this app DupeGuru:
https://dupeguru.voltaicideas.net/

It deals intelligently with all file types, even looks at pictures using a fuzzy algorithm.

I had a ton of duplicates as I had been mirroring drives but then using spare space for the odd thing. I also had backup DVDs and CDs going back to 1997. Got everything down to 3.5 TB, about half what it had been. Usefully, through this process I discovered some old tune ideas I had forgotten that were rather good :)

I transitioned from iPhoto to Lightroom several years ago, iPhoto is kind of a pain in the ass! Lightroom excels at file management IME.
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Re: Looking for an app to merge folders and remove duplicates Mac OSX High Sierra

Postby Sam Spoons » Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:24 pm

I've found this one which seems to do both https://apps.apple.com/us/app/duplicate-file-finder-remover/id1032755628?mt=12 the 'pro' upgrade is only £9.99 too so have gone for it, will report back.
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