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Delete files from one folder if a similarly named file does not exist in another folder

I need to delete files from folder A if a file with the same name but different file type does not exist in folder B. For example: FOLDER A file1.gif file2.gif file3.gif file4.gif file5.gif ...
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.dropbox files, can they be deleted?

I use Dropbox on my Windows 7, OS X and on my mobile phone. Sometimes I see a file called .dropbox in my dropbox folders, can those files be deleted?
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Delete files that don't exist in another directory

I have two directories, such that directory B is at least a complete mirror of A. For example: A/ directory1/ file1 directory2/ file2 file3 B/ directory1/ ...
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2answers
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What are the techniques for securely erasing data in Linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to wipe free disk space in Linux? This question is inspired by What is the best tool for file-shredding on a memory card?, in which brice recommended the simple ...
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1answer
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Force deleting a directory under Win 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: File I can't take ownership of I want to delete a directory, but I cannot,e g. Because I am not the owner ("Ownership"). Files are used by a process. Folder is ...
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How do I remove the Never-Ending Dropbox Folder?

I don't know if this is an error with eclipse or dropbox, but I seem to be unable to delete a file folder within my dropbox folder. Somehow, there was a creation of over 8300 file folders, all ...
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Delete files modified in last n hours from a folder?

So i have a folder where i sometimes get few big files after doing some work.Problem is that every time i have to go and delete them manually.I know it's possible to delete them after 1 day or more ...
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Deleting large no of files on linux eats up CPU

I generate more than 50GB of cache files on my RHEL server (and typical file size is 200kb so no of files is huge). When I try to delete these files it takes 8-10 hours. However, the bigger issue is ...
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Mac OS X: How can I see who is using the files I'm trying to delete?

I have a couple of files that I want to delete. So I select them and then do Move to Trash. However, when I do so I get this message: Some of the items you are moving are in use by another ...
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MacOSX: How to prevent accidental removal of certain files and folders

On Mac OS X, what is a good way of preventing accidental removal of certain files and folders? I still need to be able to read those files and folders and to add new files to those folders, but I want ...
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Vista stuck on “Calculating” when deleting or moving files

Sometimes when I try to delete or move files, the window reporting the operation progress gets "stuck" in the Time remaining: Calculating phase and never continues. When I press Cancel in the ...
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3answers
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Delete all files but one in a windows folder

In Windows 7 is there a way to select a file and delete all but that file in a folder? Or is there an app for that behavior already in existence? Maybe a right click menu?
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Unlocker tool (website dead?)

I have used and loved Unlocker in the past. (Helps delete files that are in use by running programs.) The site that hosted it was http://ccollomb.free.fr/ It seems to be dead now. Anyone know a ...
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How to delete files recursively in Windows XP in certain directory

For example I have many many directories, let's say dir1, dir2, dir3 and in each of that dir has subdir named tempdir. I want to delete all files in tempdir from dir1 to dir3 without manually going ...
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How to secure delete file or folder in windows?

How do I securely delete (i.e., permanently delete) a file and/or folder in Windows? Secure in terms that the deleted file/folder can not be restored. Can you recommend any free or open source tool? ...
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1answer
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Is there a registry key to tell windows to delete a file at next startup?

Is there a registry key to tell windows to delete a file at next startup?
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How can I speed up the deleting of very large directories on XP?

I regularly check out incredibly huge directories onto my XP machine. When it comes down to deleting and finally trashing them, it takes forever. Is there any way to speed this process up?
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1answer
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Ignore in-use files when mass-deleting in explorer

In explorer, If I select a large number of files/folders in explorer and hit 'delete,' it will delete files until it encounters an in-use file. If this happens, it brings up an 'error' dialog and ...
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9answers
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Is there a program to truly delete all deleted files?

I know that on the windows operating system, when you delete a file it's still recoverable. I'd like to avoid simply paving the harddrive with zeros as I would like to keep my OS installation as is, ...