: Reorganizing my scattered past


iMuck
Nov 27th, 2007, 03:05 PM
The other day someone asked me for some 10 year old files and, man, have been diging deep...I haven't found them yet.

After over 20 years of using several generations of Macs and storage devices, I have diskettes, syquests, DATs, ZIPs, you name it.

I'd like to dump everything in a terrabyte drive and sort everything once and for all, then burn organized backup DVDs. Is there a good program out there that identifies duplicate files in separate folders so I can weed out all the excess?

johnnyspade
Nov 27th, 2007, 03:40 PM
You're a good soul just for looking. Even my accountant only makes me hold onto things for 7 years. I actually have some CD backups that are 10 years old but some of the disks don't read well anymore.

minnes
Nov 27th, 2007, 04:43 PM
Super Duper might do it, but you must register to get the incremental back up features you want
its on versiontracker

rgray
Nov 27th, 2007, 04:57 PM
Super Duper might do it, but you must register to get the incremental back up features you want
its on versiontracker
The link is here: SuperDuper (http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/). Why give VersionTracker the hit? It always seems to me that people who reccomend and give VersionTracker links don't KNOW. Surely if you actually know you would be able to give the real direct link? No?

smashedbanana
Nov 27th, 2007, 05:31 PM
Versiontracker is useful as it allows you to download current or previous versions which have been pulled or unavailable. Very good when you are not using the most up to date Mac OS X. I personally like the feedback tool aswell,

rgray
Nov 27th, 2007, 05:34 PM
Versiontracker is useful as it allows you to download current or previous versions which have been pulled or unavailable. Very good when you are not using the most up to date Mac OS X. I personally like the feedback tool aswell,
I prefer to give the hit to the source of the software. YMMV... ;)

alphacrumb
Nov 28th, 2007, 11:13 AM
iMuck, a great duplicate file finder I've used many times in the past is Tidy Up! by Hyperbolic Software. It helped me do pretty much what you want to do after the big backup -- sort through thousands of files and folders and purge the dupes. From their site:

"With Tidy Up! you can search for duplicate files and packages; by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility and delays. You can also search by the tag, duration and bit installments of MP3 and AAC sound files, search the contents of the iPhoto, iTunes, iPod databases and Mail mailboxes, and synchronize deletions with iPhoto, Mail and iTunes."

http://images.apple.com/downloads/macosx/system_disk_utilities/images/tidyup_20070608171224.jpg

You can read about Tidy Up! and download the trial here:

http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/TidyUp.html