Latest in Daily app

    Image credit:

    Daily Mac App: Gemini finds and removes duplicate files

    Victor Agreda Jr
    February 15, 2012
    Share
    Tweet
    Share

    Sponsored Links

    After years of buying hard drives and moving files around, digital hoarders like myself eventually wind up with duplicate files all over the place. A few gigabytes here and there can add up, so Gemini aims to help you find and delete duplicate files across devices. It's a beautifully designed app, and if you're doing basic directory comparisons, is fast as lightning.

    To start, you just drag a few folders onto Gemini. It'll start scanning with a big circular progress bar moving around. One of the awesome features I've not seen elsewhere is the ability to see the results of a scan and do something about them while the app continues to scour your folders. Gemini is fast even though you can be impatient, which is a plus if you scan a really large set of folders.

    One issue I did run into was scanning a nearly-full 500 GB drive that had my Time Machine backups on it. The machine using Gemini only had about 5 GB of space available on its drive, and after about an hour of Gemini checking the external drive, my system locked up as it ran out of drive space! This is an oddball issue, according to MacPaw, and they are looking into it. That said, all the other scans of large folders I attempted worked great and went quickly without eating up HD space. Gemini's speed is really impressive.

    As a bonus, Gemini offers a delightfully designed interface. When you are shown duplicates, you can easily see where they are located, pick the ones you want to delete, then view a receipt of what you want to remove before you delete it. Then, when you are sure, Gemini "shreds" the receipt (and files) before your eyes. Taking something rather tedious (file management) and making it fun turns Gemini into a must-have app if you have years of files stored on external drives around your home.

    All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
    Share
    Tweet
    Share

    Popular on Engadget

    Samsung, Stanford make a 10,000PPI display that could lead to 'flawless' VR

    Samsung, Stanford make a 10,000PPI display that could lead to 'flawless' VR

    View
    Facebook will not ban Oculus owners with multiple VR headsets (updated)

    Facebook will not ban Oculus owners with multiple VR headsets (updated)

    View
    LG unveils the first Tone Free wireless earphones with ANC

    LG unveils the first Tone Free wireless earphones with ANC

    View
    Garmin smartwatches are on sale at all-time low prices at Amazon

    Garmin smartwatches are on sale at all-time low prices at Amazon

    View
    GitHub takes down YouTube video download tools after an RIAA notice

    GitHub takes down YouTube video download tools after an RIAA notice

    View

    From around the web

    Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr