How can I find several duplicate files and remove the using Windows Explorer

Somehow I see several duplicate on my computer files.  I can tell when they arrived as all the duplicate files ' _10-Mar-15_1. ' " However, I don't know how they arrived.  I think that Google Drive was the culprit, but I can't be sure.

How we (me) use Windows Explorer to find all files with "_10-Mar-15_1." and delete them all?

I am using Windows 7 64 bit

Thank you!!!


Windows Explorer can do no such thing. To remove recursively a certain file is easy - see below. To identify duplicates and remove some of them is much more difficult, because:

  • Are two files duplicates because
    -They have the same name?
    -They are the same size?
    -They have the same file date?
    -They have the same content?
    -Everything above?
  • When they are, which ones should be deleted?
    -The oldest?
    -The most recent?
    -The batch?

Here's how to remove a certain file to recursively. Assume that they are in the folder "C:\Users\BHunter\Documents".

  1. Click the start planet.
  2. Type cmd. exe and press ENTER.
  3. Enter the following command and press ENTER:
    dir/s/b/p 'C:\Users\BHunter\Documents\_10-Mar-15_1 '.
    This will show you all the files whose name above.
  4. del /s /q "C:\Users\BHunter\Documents\_10-Mar-15_1."
    This will permanently delete all files with the name above. You cannot restore them.

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