One of the most common tasks that most computer users face is the need to get rid of duplicate files on their network drive.

Whether they be programs such as games or business software, it can be frustrating trying to access a specific file, only to find that it may not load due to being a duplicate.

The manual way of finding and removing duplicate files from your network drive is fairly easy, yet time-consuming and tedious at the same time. However, if you are currently looking to remove duplicate files, make note of the following steps.

*After starting up your computer, open two separate Windows Explorer files. These can usually be found in the bottom left-hand corner of the browser window or by accessing the Start menu.

*If you already know of any duplicate files that need to be removed, type the name of the program into the search bar, one by one, until all duplicate files are removed.

*If you suspect that you may have duplicate files, but are unsure, open the Program Files folder in both Windows Explorer folders. Be sure to take the time to look through each file carefully to determine if there are any duplicates. If you find any, remove them one at a time. The amount of time that this step can take depends on how many program files you actually have.

However, there is a much easier alternative to locating and removing duplicate files from your network drive. By using a software program called Clone Files Checker, you can save loads of time and energy that would be otherwise needed to locate and remove the necessary files.

The steps to using Clone Files Checker are as follows:

*Launch the program, which will scan your entire computer. The time this takes will vary depending on how many programs you have on your computer at the time.

*Once the scan completes, you will be shown a progress report that will indicate which files contain duplicates.

*Using the report, click on the Quick Fix button to automatically have all duplicate files removed.

When duplicate files are found and removed from your network drive, you may be amazed at how much free space you will obtain as a result.