Duplicate files and folders are always a nasty problem to the users, especially for those who only have access to limited cloud storage services. Dropbox is one such leading online cloud storage solution that delivers cloud storage for millions of users. The duplicate files and folders located on the cloud account consume unnecessary space that could be used for storing other important files. Removing those duplicates is a necessity for Dropbox users so they can recover any space lost to useless duplicates.
Today we are sharing some effective methods to remove duplicate Dropbox files and folders. They may help you to get rid of those duplicates in your Dropbox account.
Steps to remove duplicate Dropbox files and folders
Dropbox has a desktop application that can be used to easily sync your data from the cloud to your computer (and vice versa). We will be using this procedure to get rid of the duplicate files and folders. To find out how, read on.
Note: In normal cases, Dropbox automatically installs the desktop application while you’re setting up your account. If you already have the Dropbox application installed on your computer, skip steps # 1-4.
- Download the Dropbox Desktop application from their website.
- Install it on your computer by following the onscreen instructions.
- In the setup process, it will ask you to provide login credentials of your Dropbox account. Enter them in and continue.
- After the installation is complete, a folder named Dropbox will automatically be created on your Desktop as well as on the quick access bar of the explorer alongside an icon on the taskbar.
- The Dropbox application will now sync the files from the cloud to the Dropbox folder on your Desktop. If the sync process doesn’t starts by itself, do so from the taskbar icon.
- Once the sync process is over, open the Dropbox folder from your desktop.
- Click the View tab on the top bar of the window and then click the Group by icon.
- Now choose the Name option from the drop-down list.
- All the contents of this folder will be sorted alphabetically now. This makes the task of identifying any duplicates a lot easier.
- Manually track and delete all duplicates (files and folders) from the Dropbox folder. If you need to look for a specific filetype ( e.g. .mp3 or .jpg), just search for the file extension in the search box and then arrange the search results alphabetically to locate the duplicates.
Note: Most of the times the duplicate file retains the name of the original file followed by (copy). For example, a duplicate for a file named as Myfile would be labelled as Myfile(copy).
Remove Duplicates using Clone Files Checker
Clone Files Checker is a duplicate removal tool designed to remove all duplicates effortlessly. If you are lazy enough to do the above long method, this is the best choice available. To remove duplicates in your Dropbox folder using the Clone Files Checker, follow the simple steps given below.
- Download and install Clone Files Checker.
- Once the installation is over, right-click on the Dropbox desktop icon and select the Scan with Clone Files Checker option.
- Clone Files Checker user-interface will pop-up.
- Select All Files under Search Options.
- Click the green colored Start Scan button on the right side of the window.
- Once the scan is over, you will be prompted to select a desired option from Quick Fix (for fixing the duplicates automatically) and Review & Fix (for manually deleting the duplicates after reviewing them). Select the desired option and continue.
- Once the duplicate cleanup is over, these duplicates will also be removed from your Dropbox cloud account courtesy the sync process.