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Tidying up photo backups...

r8sso (Elite) posted this on Friday, 25th October 2019, 09:26

So over the years I've backed up camera photos to various folders on various drives.  There's a good chance a lot of the photos have been duplicated as I've always aired on the side of caution with pictures so I don't lose any.

Anyhoo, I want to try and clean up the pictures and remove duplicates if possible as I think I've got xxGB of duplicates which for external drives is OK but for my Cloud storage is not!

Is there any software out there that can scan through all your folders and identify duplicates based of meta data or whatever it is photos use to store additional info?  I've too many to manually trawl through and identify duplicates.

Also, there's a good chance I've got a few thousand duplicates based on whatsapp saving images separately.  Is the meta data saved when you send an original picture over whatsapp?

Cheers
Ross

RE: Tidying up photo backups...

admars (Elite) posted this on Friday, 25th October 2019, 11:26

hmmn, you may find that you have the same image, but not the same image :(i find that say I take a photo on my phone - it's auto uploaded to drop box
if i then share that photo on instagram/facebook/whatsapp/twitter (I assume similar things for ) I see there's a smaller file size copy of the photo which is used for that.

i noticed on my pc that I had several photos all look the same - different file names due to different format of date/time, and different file size :(


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RE: Tidying up photo backups...

r8sso (Elite) posted this on Friday, 25th October 2019, 11:59

You've summed up my problem nicely admars! :D

RE: Tidying up photo backups...

Robee J Shepherd (undefined) posted this on Friday, 25th October 2019, 12:01

Is this any use?

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/duplicate-cleaner-free/9nblggh4rrr3?activetab=pivot:overviewtab


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RE: Tidying up photo backups...

admars (Elite) posted this on Friday, 25th October 2019, 13:10

try this thread:

https://www.myreviewer.com/Forums/Photography/t890155/changing-date-taken-on-loads-of-photos/page1

i can't remember what the software I used could/coudn't do but i remember it could do a lot, good luck, I think I probably have a similar probem, on one of my external hard drives there's a 

photos

folder in that folder there's 2015 2016 2017 etc folder

however there's also folders called "mumanddad" "Cornwall", "Wales" etc so probably duplicates

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RE: Tidying up photo backups...

r8sso (Elite) posted this on Saturday, 26th October 2019, 11:19

The free version of that software was great Rob - thank you

I've deleted over 100GB of duplicates!  Crazy how folders get copied moved and duplicated across external drives then brought back together and possibly copied again!

It takes some nerve to say yes to deleting 8000+ photos in one go!

9 was the most times a photo was duplicated, it was a rubbish photo too! :D

Thanks again

RE: Tidying up photo backups...

Robee J Shepherd (undefined) posted this on Saturday, 26th October 2019, 11:23

That is a scary number to say yes too!

What does the free version not offer that the paid one does?


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RE: Tidying up photo backups...

r8sso (Elite) posted this on Saturday, 26th October 2019, 11:29

So I was doing a file comparison match which was good enough for me, that's free.

They do an audio and picture match which allows you to match pictures that are similar, as opposed to the file hash value.

Probably good for thinning out those times you take 6 photos of the same thing just to get one good shot.

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