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by John F. Braun

Prevent Your Mac from Seeing Double
November 8th, 1999

Doublet Scan 2.1.3 ($25 Shareware)
Hyperbolic Software

Although the Mac has some of the best installers on the market, there are still times when things may go awry. One of the more annoying problems is having multiple copies of applications or data files after the installer does its thing. This can lead to all sorts of strange system behavior. If only there was a way to scan your system for duplicates...

Doublet Scan will identify "doublets" using a number of criteria. Searching by a simple filename is only the beginning. You can also search by size, creation date, modification date, creator or filetype, or any combination of these.

Since the process of scanning every single file on a drive can take some time, it makes sense to limit the search. You can select a number of folders and/or drives which will be included in the scan. Each selection is color coded, so you can quickly determine the location of the duplicates after the scan has completed.

Once the scan is complete, you will be presented with a list showing all duplicate files, based on your criteria. You can then proceed to remove duplicates which may be causing erratic system performance, or simply taking up space.

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Useful Link

Hyperbolic Software Download Page

Define the Criteria Used to Find Doublets

Once the Scan is Complete, View the Results and Remove Duplicates

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John is a software engineer who works in the corporate R&D group of a Fortune 500 company, focusing on all aspects of communications technology. He has several degrees that claim he knows what he's doing when it comes to computers. After watching co-workers reinstall Windows, search for device drivers, and experience other horrors during the day, he's glad that he comes home to a Mac (compatible) computer. Have any comments, suggestions, or favorite Gadgets? Drop John a line at

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