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  1.    29 Sep 2016 #11
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    I'm sure there are other users who could help me out. Could this thread be moved to a different forum please?

    Thanks!
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  2.    29 Sep 2016 #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by NiceAndShy View Post
    I'm sure there are other users who could help me out. Could this thread be moved to a different forum please?

    Thanks!
    Did you try any of the previous suggestions? If so what was/were the result(s)?
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  3.    30 Sep 2016 #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by NiceAndShy View Post
    I'm sure there are other users who could help me out. Could this thread be moved to a different forum please?

    Thanks!
    We have given you various solutions to tell if files have differences. Didn't these work for you?
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  4.    01 Oct 2016 #14
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    Thanks for the replies!

    I've looked at the ideas so far, but they're all 3rd party apps and I don't feel safe giving away access to my files to a 3rd party company. Is there a built-in way for me to check inside Windows 10 Pro?
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  5.    02 Oct 2016 #15
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    Use the DOS fc (file compare) command like I advised in post 5 a few days ago. That's a very simple 'built in' command which meets your requirements.
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  6.    04 Oct 2016 #16
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    Thanks I'll try that now!
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  7.    05 Oct 2016 #17
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    I'm really hesitant about using the command prompt in case I do damage to my PC... is there a GUI app I can use that's built-in to Windows 10 Pro?
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  8.    05 Oct 2016 #18
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    I use freefilesync to check (and sync) differences between folders. Very fast and can handle many files. I also use it for data backup.
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  9.    05 Oct 2016 #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by NiceAndShy View Post
    I'm really hesitant about using the command prompt in case I do damage to my PC... is there a GUI app I can use that's built-in to Windows 10 Pro?
    You won't harm your PC using fc and there is no built in GUI version. Do the following to use fc:
    1. Copy the files to compare to a common folder e.g. c:\temp
    2. Open a command prompt - Windows key + X, then choose Command Prompt
    3. Go to your folder e.g. cd c:\temp
    4. Run fc e.g. fc filename1 filename2
    5. You will either get a short report that there are no differences, else a list of differences

    There are various command switches you can use to refine how the file comparison is done - use fc /? to see the options.
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  10.    05 Oct 2016 #20

    Hi there
    One of the best ways I know to do this is actually to use a Linux utility -- I know this involves a bit of extra work but IMO well worth while

    Load a Live distro of Linux and then install Kompare (or run from a Linux VM) -- you need KDE desktop (quite Windows like BTW)

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    Another good one also on Linux is Kdiff3 as this can compare directories as well plus etc all sorts of useful stuff. For example Files in Dir A that aren't in B, Files in B that aren't in A etc -- very handy when tidying up NAS servers etc.

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    Sometimes the best tools are on other systems --don't be afraid to use them. !!!

    I use these regularly - plus you avoid the NTFS restriction of File + directory name lengths.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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