First Steps

For demonstration purposes I created a “demo disk” folder with the following folders inside it:

Then I started the Dup Finder program and selected the menu Data source / Create memory DB

This will create a database in memory, I will need to save it later to disk.

Then I used the menu Master Activities / Scan from path and set the resulting popup window to select the folder “Demo Disk

Press OK and wait.

The Dup Finder window vanishes, and a new window pops up. The pop up will remain visible whilst the program counts all of the files that are under the root Demo Disk and then scans each file and creates an entry in the database, in this example in the master part of the database. The popup window looks a bit like the following screenshot.

The cancel dialogue will let you know when the scanning is expected to finish. You can cancel a scan, and then have the scan resume (from where if was cancelled).

A 2TB USB disk takes about 10 hours, and needs about 75 M bytes of storage space depending on file sizes, and whether the virus scanner is running. Since the files are already on the disk, there is no harm in temporarily switching the on-access virus scan off!

When the scan is finished the cancel dialogue vanishes and the “normal” window reappears.

Now is a good time to save the database to a disk file.

And then the standard Windows save dialogue appears.

You do not have to save the file now, all of the capabilities are equally available on a disk backed file and on a memory only database.

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