Note: I've read through the other questions and do not believe this is a duplicate (pun intended). Most "file de-duplicators" seem to want to help you reduce filespace. Instead, I want to consolidate and reorganize the directory structure; which will also result in removal of file duplicates.
Over the years I've collect a large number of files (now residing on various Windows 8 machines, USB drives, and a Stora NAS). In the past, I have had various backup strategies. This has resulted in many duplicate files and directories. Further, I've modified some directories, but of course haven't modified each and every backup of that directory.
I don't expect an automated tool to clean things up for me. De-duplication tools, for instance are of little value … I think partially because my files and directories are in such a mess.
I want a tool that will catalog all my files and help me to organize them. The final result would be a pristine new directory tree.
I've tried this before manually. The problem is that there are so many files, I can't do everything in one sitting. I also forget which directories I copied over and which I didn't. Do you know of a tool that could help?
Here are some of the features that I would like:
- Build a tree structure of the directories on multiple drives.
- Traverse tree and find duplicate sub-trees. Ideally, "auto merge" them if they really are duplicates. But also allow me to examine each one and make fine-grained decisions.
- Don't actually do any moves. The first phase is just to setup a mapping of source files and destination files. Then after many days of work, I can say "go" for the entire process to work.
- I don't want anything being deleted. at some point, I'll trust the pristine area, but not for a while.
- For each source directory, I can either decide to copy it to the pristine area, or I can mark it as "unnecessary to move"
- After the creation of the pristine area, I could then have the tool go back through the old file systems and report what was not copied, so that I could audit the list and adjust as needed.
Since I didn't easily find an answer to this while searching, does it mean I'm asking for something unreasonable? It seems like it would be a common problem.