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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
06/18/05: De-Duplicating

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From Claudia=== Dear Webby I need a quick and simple way to de-duplicate thousands of midi files that my mother accumulated in hundreds of directories. Her machine is literally full and none of the storebought de-duplicators work without ample room. I can connect my laptop to her machine with a cross-over cable like you suggested a few years ago, but those programs don't work across multiple machines. HELP! Claudia Dear Claudia Make a folder on your machine and call it Moms-Midis. Then go onto her machine and do a search for *.mid Open a file explorer window showing your machine and the Moms-Midis folder. Click in the search window and hit CTRL A to select ALL. Let go the CTRL, hold down the SHIFT and drag ll the midis over to your machine and into the Moms-Midis folder. At the first duplicate it will ask you if you want to overwrite. Click on "Yes to ALL" After that has completed, sort the midis in the Moms-Midis folder by SIZE. Whenever you see a bunch with exactly the same size, check the file names. You will probably find quite a few that have the same size but slightly different spelling. If "DustyRose.mid" and "Dusty-Rose.mid" have the same size, it's safe to assume that they are the same piece of music. There is no point sorting by name. If the file size is different, then they are not duplicates. After you have deduplicated them, then you can drag the entire Moms-Midis foler over to her machine. It will have plenty of space for it, since you had moved all midis off it earlier on. Have FUN! Dear Webby
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