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Ultimate Geek

#159862 15-Dec-2014 13:51
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Is there any way to compare files on two hard drives so I can see what files differ?

I am trying to compare my music library on my laptop against my music library on an external hard drive because I have just noticed that the folder sizes don't match when they should. I need to find out what files one hard drive has that the other doesn't.

Is there anyway to do this with out manually going through all my music?

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Uber Geek

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  #1197767 15-Dec-2014 13:58
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FreeFileSyc at  free!

ViceVersa Pro at    not free

Both are excellent - have used them for years.
There are many alternatives.


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Master Geek

  #1197769 15-Dec-2014 14:00
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You can set up a folder pair between the directories and run a preview to see what would be copied/renamed/deleted.


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  #1197798 15-Dec-2014 14:12
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Beyond Compare is the tool you are looking for.

It has a trial period that seems to last forever, so install, spend 2 minutes reading the how-to and you'll have the results you need.

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Uber Geek

  #1197811 15-Dec-2014 14:32
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michael001: Beyond Compare is the tool you are looking for.

It has a trial period that seems to last forever, so install, spend 2 minutes reading the how-to and you'll have the results you need.



+1 On Beyond compare,



I use this to check that my HTPC drive is identical to a USB backup that gets taken off site every month or so...

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Ultimate Geek

  #1197813 15-Dec-2014 14:36
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Thanks for the help guys.

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Uber Geek

  #1197829 15-Dec-2014 14:54
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WinDiff could be another option.

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Master Geek

  #1197944 15-Dec-2014 16:56
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Use the force solaybro, Windows Powershell.

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PS C:\Users\xxxx> Compare-Object  $(Get-ChildItem -include *.mp3 -path C:\old-directory\*)  $(Get-ChildItem -include *.mp3 -path C:\new-directory\*)

Obsequious hypocrite

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