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    Question How to find duplicate files between two hard drives?

    Hello all!
    So, I ruined my hard drive last week and recovered all my stuff with photorec (1 TB) but I still lost my folder structure and file names.
    The thing is that I had a whole back up from 2 months ago in another hard drive, all I want to do is to recover my new files and files I've edited, but I can't find a way to compare'em both and delete the duplicates found by photorec.
    Can anyone help me? Thanks!

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    Re: How to find duplicate files between two hard drives?

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Forums!

    Try fslint (File System Lint)

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install fslint
    The reason I recommend this tool is because it has a GUI and is pretty straight forward. This should get you pointed in the right direction. Let me know if that doesn't work for you.

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    Re: How to find duplicate files between two hard drives?

    Part of the issue I had with Photorec was not only did it recover my files, but it recovered every copy. Some were my text files from notes on this site which I update daily with new info and backup was several weeks old. So I had multiple copies of text files all with some changes.

    Use scripts to help sort and rename files also suggest fslint:
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/After_Using_PhotoRec
    use flac tags to rename files
    http://lglinux.blogspot.com/2008/10/...ame-files.html
    http://system-tricks.com/index.php/d...overy-results/
    Best GUI Indexing/Search Tool for Local Files?
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1739701
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: How to find duplicate files between two hard drives?

    aerohix: You might like to take a look at Meld - it's in the repos.

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    Re: How to find duplicate files between two hard drives?

    Quote Originally Posted by aerohix View Post
    Hello all!
    So, I ruined my hard drive last week and recovered all my stuff with photorec (1 TB) but I still lost my folder structure and file names.
    The thing is that I had a whole back up from 2 months ago in another hard drive, all I want to do is to recover my new files and files I've edited, but I can't find duplicate files a way to compare'em both and delete the duplicates found by photorec.
    Can anyone help me? Thanks!
    I too lost my new hard drive its just 3 months old... I don't know what quality product they are making nowadays.

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