More and more users are opting for cloud storage with every passing day. This helps them stay assured about the data’s safety, privacy as well as the comfort to fetch their data from any corner of the world with the help of their password and a decent internet connection. But cloud stores have their own downside as well, the most common
and obvious being the cloud storage getting clogged with duplicate files. This creates a very tough situation if the user has to locate a particular file from a voluminous database of files. This article addresses users who are in dire need to cleanup the duplicates from their OneDrive.
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Solution 1: Remove Duplicate Files Manually with File/Windows Explorer
Although OneDrive is a cloud service, users can also maintain a copy of the entire data from the cloud on their computer (local store). When the local files are changed in anyway, the local OneDrive app syncs the changes with the cloud. The user can remove any duplicates from the cloud by making good use of this method.
- Navigate to the local OneDrive Folder. It is usually located in C drive (assuming that you’ve installed Windows in C drive). C:\Users\<USER_NAME>\OneDrive\
- Locate the search bar on the top of the File Explorer.
- Type the following command and press Enter to initiate the search.
- You will be presented with search results. (as seen in the following screenshot)
- Make good use of the Name, Type and Size columns to arrange the files and remove duplicates once you’ve spotted them. Use Ctrl + Left Mouse Click to select multiple files at a time and then press Delete to move the selected files to the recycle bin. Alternatively, you can use the Shift + Delete combination to delete the files permanently from the hard drive.
- After the duplicate files are deleted, launch OneDrive app to so that all the changes can be synced to the cloud.
Solution 2: Automated Method with Clone Files Checker
Clone Files Checker is a duplicate file removal tool which can be used to clean duplicate files across all file types. It is a user-friendly software which makes excellent use of algorithms to detect duplicates and then perform any follow-up actions as commanded by the user.
- Download Clone Files Checker from the following url: http://www.clonefileschecker.com/download.html
- Execute the setup file to install it on your computer.
- Launch Clone Files Checker. (You need administrative permissions to do so)
- Locate the Step 1 section in the user interface of Clone Files Checker.
- Add the folder which has to be searched for duplicate files, OneDrive in this case.
- Once OneDrive folder has been added into the list, you will be able to see the full folder path.
- Select All Files and then click on Start Search to launch the actual scan for dupes.
- Click on Quick Fix to initiate the removal process.
- Now the user will be presented with 2 options. The first option will lead to saving the newer copy and deleting the older (original file), whereas the second will do exactly the opposite.
- The next step allows the user to make a choice between moving the selected files to the Recycle Bin or moving them to a separate folder.
- The user can even create a backup to guard against any innocent mistake.
- Now Clone Files Checker will spring into action and perform as per the user instructed it.
- After the last step has been completed, launch OneDrive app so that the latest changes can by synced to the cloud.