Our files are stored on our computer and cloud storages and most of the time it happens that our files are duplicated. Duplicate files take lots of space on our computer and cloud storages.
If the storage space on our computer gets full then we can purchase a new drive or we can use a duplicate file remover program available to remove the duplicate files. However, if your online storage gets full then you have to upgrade to a bigger plan and it will cost you quite a lot of money.
Many programs that work on our computer to delete the duplicates will not work on cloud storages.
You can manually remove the duplicate files or you can use a third party program to delete the duplicate files automatically. Manually removing the duplicates will take time and you won’t be able to remove all the duplicates.
Let’s look at the steps below to remove duplicate files from cloud storages:
1. You can use Duplicate Files Fixer to remove duplicate files from Google Drive and Dropbox. You can also use the same program to remove duplicates from your computer and external drive.
2. Use extension to remove duplicate folders on Google Drive.
3. Manually remove the duplicate files from cloud storages.
Steps below to remove duplicate files from Google Drive and Dropbox using Duplicate Files Fixer.
Duplicate Files Fixer is one of the best duplicate file finder and remover programs. This program will scan your system for duplicate files and then show them to you. Once the duplicates are found you can simply mark them and then delete them. Duplicate files Fixer will also help you to remove duplicate files from cloud storages like Google Drive and Dropbox.
Step 1. First download and install Duplicate Files Fixer.
Step 2. Now install the Google Drive for desktop. To do so go to drive.google.com and then click on settings and then click on Drive for desktop. You can also directly use Duplicate Files Fixer to remove duplicate files.
Step 3. Log in to the google drive account from which you want to remove the duplicates.
Step 4. Launch the application and then click on the drop down button in front of Scan Mode.
Step 5. Click on the Scan Google Drive.
Step 6. This will open the browser and you will be prompted to login to Google Drive.
Step 7. Now click on Scan for Duplicates.
Once the scan is completed you will be presented with the duplicate files. Once the duplicate files are found you can use the Auto Mark function to automatically mark the duplicates and then click on the Delete button to remove the duplicates.
You can use the same steps to remove duplicates from Dropbox. After the step 4 click on the Scan Dropbox.
2. Use Chrome Extension To remove duplicate files from Google Drive:
Chrome comes with the extension that will help you to remove duplicate files from Google Drive. You can install the extension and then use the extension to remove the duplicates from Google Drive.
3. Remove duplicate files from cloud storages manually:
You can remove duplicate files from the cloud storages without using any duplicate finder and remover program.
Login to the cloud storage from which you want to remove duplicate files. Now open the folder from which you want to remove duplicate files and sort the files according to the names. Once the files are sorted you can remove the duplicate files. Before removing the files make sure that you are removing the duplicate files by opening them.
Manually deleting the duplicate files takes more time and the process may result in accidental deletion of non-duplicate files.
Steps to take so that duplication of the files does not occur on cloud storages.
Before uploading the files to the cloud storages make sure that there are no duplicates. You can use Duplicate Files Fixer to remove duplicate files on your computer.
You can also check and remove duplicate files by checking their name. If the file has “Copy of” in front of the file name then it can be a duplicate file. You also have to keep check of the files you are uploading. Make sure that you are not uploading the files multiple times as multiple uploading of the same file will create duplication.
Duplicate files take lots of space on your computer and cloud storage. You can upgrade both storages but it will cost you money. To clean up your storages you have to remove duplicate files from your computer and cloud storages. You can use a duplicate finder and remover program like Duplicate Files Fixer to remove duplicate files from cloud storages.