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Clone Master

Type of Program: Duplicate file locator
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98 or NT 4.0
Company Name: Soft Byte Laboratories
Version: 2.19
Price: $29.95 U.S.
Installed Size: 1.5 MB (approx.)


Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes you get rained out. This program strikes me as one of the latter . . . .

Clone Master searches whichever drive, file, or folder you wish, looking for duplicates, same-name, or zero-byte files. The problems arise in a couple of different ways:

1. The help file isn't.

2. Although you can locate POTENTIALLY duplicate files (and a lot of the files Clone Master located were not, in fact, duplicates), you have very few choices about what to do with them. The safest suggestion is to save the lists of potential duplicates, print them out, and look through the files one by one. And don't delete anything you're not 100% sure isn't necessary.

Clone Master located 398 files on my computer that it said were "duplicates" or zero-byte files. Of that number, only 34 were, in fact, duplicates or zero-byte files. The rest were files with names that were close (i.e. a.txt file and a .1st file), or identical files associated with different programs.

Do yourself a favor and pass this one by. Seeking out and deleting duplicate files is, at best, difficult and time-consuming. It can be very dangerous. The approach taken seems too cavalier, considering the damage that can be done.

User Friendly
Ease of Installation
Reviewed by Angelene

You can purchase the software on line with a credit card or by bank draft of money orders drawn on a U.S. bank. For further details, please see the program's website.

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