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Duplicate File Cleaner / Removal / Override

Duplicate File Cleaner / Removal / Override

arshia m.
Helpful | Level 6

This is like vacuuming your house or office. Do you guys go without it for years on end? It's hard to believe this critical and essential feature does not exist. I currently have multiple folders that can be merged easily on windows, but not on Dropbox. One thing the Dropbox developers have to understand is that business accounts have larger amount of files on Dropbox than on their systems, and because of the painful speed of upload and download and the limitation of files that can be transferred at once (3000 files), it is not possible to do this on the desktop side. So there has to be a house cleaning tool that allows for maintenance and merging of duplicate folders and files. You can even find this on your phone these days. It is hard to imagine Dropbox for business customers do not have this option.

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The Dropbox team is currently reviewing this idea. We will share any updates with you.
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61 Comments
Unipenguin
Explorer | Level 4
It would be GREAT if there was a way to detect and delete duplicate photos. Currently, we can only go by file name manually. An automation that would allow easy discovery would be a great boon.
Unipenguin
Explorer | Level 4
I've backed up so many different devices that duplicate files are everywhere in my Dropbox.
It would be GREAT if there was a way to detect and delete duplicate files. Currently, I was just told by support chat we can only go by file name manually. An automation that would allow easy discovery would be a great boon.

James S.86
Explorer | Level 4

other than download everything to the computer (if your SSD or HDD is big enough there is no solution 😞

TLC3
Explorer | Level 4

could not agree more!

It is archaic that this feature does not exist. 

Why the devs. did not incorporate this is or a rendition of similar feature is hard to imagine.

It is a rudementary feature for an application such as this.

theauditor
New member | Level 2

FYI Folks and you may know this

Apple iOS 16 Public Beta for iPhone 8 and later includes a find duplicate facility in Photos.

Alleluia!

Perhaps the TeraBytes of billions of duplicate photos will be cut down a bit

Chermanlui
Explorer | Level 3
I think Dropbox should launch a function that can help user to delete the duplicate file in different locations.
WogOne
Explorer | Level 4

Hello Dropbox community, help support this post to get this feature on the urgent list 😎 we all will benefit!

 

Can the dropbox development team add a feature in the file search that helps users find and resolve duplicated folders files?

The ask: the ability to select two folders and the dropbox system scans the contents and highlights the duplicated files

The unmet need: No ability to search for duplicated files archived on the dropbox cloud

 

Direct benefit to users: dropbox community saves countless hours in productivity gains - vs the current alternative - download all the files and use a 3rd party software to resolve the duplicates.

Benefit to dropbox: optimization of space, reduction of load on the systems, less data to carry and backup. 

 

The other problem that dropbox would be solving - for all the users that are dealing with archives crammed with duplicated data due to the sync conflict issues of the past.. The community can finally erase old skeletons without the risk of losing important data.

 

Gianmaria Zanotti
Explorer | Level 4

Very nice way to save space

E_S_
New member | Level 2

This feature should also work without having to select folders. I only use dropbox for uploads from my phone so I constantly have duplicates depending on which Apps I used to share a picture. 

WogOne
Explorer | Level 4

Thank you all for your support to push this feature! Spread the word!