I’m all in favor of Mac apps that do one thing very well. Even in the days of humongous hard disk drives, our Macs are ultra cluttered with files we don’t need, don’t want.
That includes duplicate files of the same thing scattered in different places. The Monk in me says that a cleaner, neater Mac runs better, so I do what I can to massage my OCD itch and keep my Mac clean.
Clone vs. Duplicate
If you’re like me and copy, copy, copy to make sure you don’t lose any files on your Mac—whether folders, or photos, or music, or movie clips, or valuable documents—you end up with more than one file of the same thing.
Are these cloned files or duplicate files?
Decloner is an attractive Mac app which finds and removes duplicate files.
So, why isn’t it called Deduplicator, or DupeDie, or CopyCrush or some other slightly more accurate name that is more descriptive of the function? It doesn’t really matter if it does what you want the way you want.
Finding Duplicate Files 101
Most of the duplicate files on my Mac—those which seem to disappear into the digital woodwork of OS X—are of my own making. Sure, I install all kinds of Mac apps, tools, games, utilities which take up space.
But I delete them carefully, pruning my Mac so it isn’t cluttered with apps. That’s not quite the case with other files on my Mac. Sometimes I can’t remember if I backed up a folder of files so I copy them again. When I ran Decloner the first time I found a few dozen folders, many of which contained the same files, dutifully copied over and over again.
Decloner finds those files so you can delete them, always ensuring that at least one of the so-called cloned files remains on your Mac. The interface is almost spartan. After all, all Decloner does is search every file on your Mac looking for duplicates.
Search through specific folders to save time. Decloner displays file duplicates in a list, and along the way compares more than just file name or file size.
Once you have a list of duplicates, use your Mac’s QuickLook (select and touch the spacebar to view) to preview files in the same way you do it in the Finder. Decloner is both automatic and manual when it comes to deletion, giving you the final option to delete a file or not.
Decloner’s claim to fame is simple.
Find duplicate files, give you options to eliminate duplicate files. Free up disk space. Scratch your Monk OCD itch.
Along the way, you’ll be able to see specific details about the duplicate files, including the location (mine tend to be scattered), creation dates, size, kind, and other attributes. Decloner can be set to ignore specific folders on your Mac, too, which speeds up the find process, but other filters can be applied.
I have a problem with the name Decloner, but that’s somewhat descriptive—finding files you’ve cloned, uh, er, rather, copied or have duplicates. Something-duplicate killer would be better. I’d also like to see more of the options in a toolbar at the top. But Decloner does what it says. Finds duplicate files (clones), lists them, dumps them in the trash (and always leaves at least one file of the same, whether clone or original).