The Finder is a gateway to everything stored on your MacBook. It allows you to easily navigate through documents, photos, videos, apps, downloads and other files. In addition to local files, it also provides convenient access to folders that are located on the Cloud.
Over a period of time, the Finder may get cluttered and show a lot of duplicate photos while you’re searching for a specific photo. This can be a great nuisance, especially if you’ve retouched your photos and fixed that luminance nose and red eyes.
Why Do I See So Many Duplicate Photos in the Finder?
There can be several possible causes of this. Transferring the same batch of photos from your other devices such as iPhone and external SSD without deleting the original ones, is one of the most common factors that cause duplicates to form.
It is also pretty much possible to download the same photos multiple times from the Internet without even realizing it. If you’re using a standalone app to backup your files, it might be duplicating your stuff on to another folder and adding prefixes such as “(1)”, “(2)”, “(3)” at the end of each copied file’s name.
How Do I Get Rid of those Duplicates?
There are two approaches to clean up duplicates from a Mac. Let’s take a detailed look at both of them in a manner.
Use Smart Folders
First, use the Smart Folders to sort your files by different parameters like file name, file type, file size, etc. The key is to identify duplicate images that have similar names and sizes.
- Click the Finder icon on the Dock.
- Click File, followed by New Smart Folder.
- Click the Plus (+) icon on the upper-right portion of the screen and select Name in the drop-down menu on the extreme left to search for photos that match a certain name.
- Repeat step # 3 and now select the File Size parameter.
- If you can’t spot these values, select Other in the drop-down and then select the relevant option from the next window.
- Now that you have sorted the photos according to their name and size, you can easily spot and get rid of the duplicates.
As can be seen here, this approach has its own flaws. Unless you have a very limited file set, it is simply not possible to compare every single file. It will require a herculean level of focus and labor, and even then you won’t be absolutely sure of the results’ accuracy once you’re done.
So what should you do? What is the safest and guaranteed way to deal with this issue?
Clone Files Checker
Clone Files Checker for Mac is a tool that is built to hunt duplicate files in Mac (not just photos) and delete them. It completes the job with great speed, and always delivers an accurate degree of results. Another factor that really sets it apart from its competitors is its extremely easy to use and non-cluttered interface. It keeps the user in control of everything without bombarding them with extra options and features.
Clone Files Checker performs this job by employing advanced algorithms that scan the hash (the content) of each and every single file and compare it with the rest. This ensures accurate results at all times no matter how big the target data size is.e secure and assures 100% accuracy.
CFC allows you to select as many locations as you want for a single run of the scan. This means that you can select the SSD, an external drive, all in one go. And for the Cloud Scan mode, CFC will redirect you to its sister concern Cloud Duplicate Finder website which scans and deletes duplicates from OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3 and Box like no one else.
Back to the scan, CFC will group the duplicates and make it a very easy job to scroll through the duplicates. You can even check the preview for an image by simply clicking it. You can manually select which image you want to retain from each group. If you don’t want to select the images manually, you can specify the criteria of your choice (Retain oldest, newest, most modified, least modified, by location) from the Select Duplicates menu.
Finally, click Select Action and choose if you want to delete the duplicates to the Trash or you want to back them up to a folder.
Cleaning up duplicate photos with Clone Files Checker is safe, fun and an awesome job. Try it once and you will absolutely love it.
Raza Ali Kazmi works as an editor and technology content writer at Sorcim Technologies (Pvt) Ltd. He loves to pen down articles on a wide array of technology related topics and has also been diligently testing software solutions on Windows & Mac platforms.