Disorganized Photos to a Single Directory?

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occamman
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Disorganized Photos to a Single Directory?

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I have many photo directories scattered around various placed in my computer - some have duplicates of photos that are in other directories, etc.

I'm thinking of creating a single large directory which contains a single copy of each photo found in any directory, but I don't see an obvious way to do that. Can you suggest something?
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DigitalVolcano
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Re: Disorganized Photos to a Single Directory?

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At the simplest level you can run a scan (Exact matches or Image Mode Similar matches), Mark 'Only one file in each group', and then copy all the marked photos to your new folder (making sure Overwrite is turned off).
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Re: Disorganized Photos to a Single Directory?

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Where is Overwrite is turned off?
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Re: Disorganized Photos to a Single Directory?

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Thanks for the tip on finding the Overwrite feature.


The problem is I can't get DCPro 5 to find duplicates, period. For some reason after not using it for a while I open it up and ran it on Regular mode/ scan content on a fold that I know has a ton of dupes and it came back find ZERO dupes.

WHat gives?

Is the program corrupted?
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Re: Disorganized Photos to a Single Directory?

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Try using 'New scan' on the Home tab to set to default settings.
Check in the scan summary after scanning to make sure no folders have been skipped.
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Thanks, that seemed to work. It's now scanning.
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Re: Disorganized Photos to a Single Directory?

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Is it best practice to gather all your photos into ONE folder THEN run DCPro for duplicate marking then move all the dupes to a separate folder?

OR

Is it best practice to run a duplicate check "as you go" on a series of smaller FOLDERS that contain your photos?

The reason I ask is because I cannot rely on file name because file names have been changed so many times. I can only rely on the actual visual (content) of the photo and videos. Dealing with UBER large folders stuffed with images and videos can be difficult.

What is your recommendations?
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Re: Disorganized Photos to a Single Directory?

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Also, need to add is there any difference when dealing with music files vs. photos?
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