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Duplicate files/photos ( duplicates )

Like other suggestions I would like a way to not have duplicate files/photos, to save space.

Can we have some specific way to:

1) run a "duplicate" search that can automatically delete files/photos based on a name, size and date
2) search for duplicates and then list them all in name order, showing name, size and date to then give option to review then delete
3) a file compare search for similar looking files, then the option to delete one(s)

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  • G sutton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The need to delete duplciate photos continues to be important as storage levels rise.

  • T5NET commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate








  • thewamp commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    OneDrive has created a duplicate file, with a " - Copy" filename suffix, for every file in My Documents and Pictures folders. This is taking about 40 GB (Yes, 40 Gigabytes) of space on my C: drive and also in OneDrive cloud storage. If these duplicates need to be there, then Microsoft needs to tell the users. If they can be deleted, then the users need an automated way to delete them.

  • Sven commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Dear Onedrive team, I have a similar request as already mentioned: the option to remove duplicate photos.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Really this is not a user friendly system. Even trying to organize into albums you can't tell what photos/videos you have/haven't put into the folder. BOO!!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Perhaps Microsoft doesn't want to do anything about it because they want people to pay them to buy more storage because literally NO ONE has the time to search and delete

  • jac commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Heartily agree. Duplicates require many hours to control.

  • MAUREEN SHEARER commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree. It is so time consuming and frustrating to have to constantly deal with duplicate photos showing up in OneDrive. What do you mean you do not plan to address it? Seriously, it's a big flaw and making me consider DropBox instead.

  • Steve commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I hope you do something like this. I have duplicates of so many pics and I can’t figure out why this is happening

  • Guillermo De Sensi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This requirement is at least three years old, is someone from Microsoft going to look at it and solve it sometime?
    Or will we have to go to the competition?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have merged files and generated many duplicates. This is a must requirement.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think this needs rethinking. the worlds servers are filled with duplicate copies of files and especially photos. A routine to detect exact and similar copies of photos would make keeping a useable photo collection far easier.

  • Andrew Raffman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We now have nine copies of each picture in OneDrive (over 500MB total), and the interface is so slow it would take days of effort to correct. This should be a pri0 bug.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I got a new iPhone and currently have a ticket still open about this issue. My iPhone backup restored all my photos to my new phone. And yes, I could delete them all before turning on auto backup but why should I have to? Then onedrive isn’t a backup anymore but my primary and only storage. The techs first suggestion was to upload all subsequent phots manually - from now to eternity. NOT. This thread mentions a paid duplicate remover app but why should I need to pay $35 and go to the hassle to use when logically this functionality should be built in?

  • Sascha commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The iPhone app shouldn't be creating duplicates when migrating to a new iPhone to begin with! The app is broken!!!

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