Deleting Duplicate Resources

Hard drive prices continue to plummet. I was surprised to notice a couple of days ago that you can now get a 500 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 desktop hard drive for under $75. The 7200.11 is only $5 more. When I checked a few months ago, they were $110 and $120 respectively.

If you’re like me, though, you still manage to find plenty of things to fill up your hard drive with and want to make sure that you don’t have unnecessary duplicate content taking up precious space.

Cleaning Up Your Libronix Library

It is likely that you have multiple copies of at least some of your resources on your hard drive. Here are three possible scenarios:

  • You have old LLS resources, downloaded the new Libronix ones, and never deleted the old ones.
  • You have more than one resources folder, and the same resources have accidentally ended up in more than one of them.
  • You manually copied resources to your resources folder and had Windows keep both instead of overwriting or skipping.

If you have the Power Tools Addin, you can easily remove these duplicate resources and free up some hard drive space. (If you don’t have it, you can install it by simply running Libronix Update and checking the appropriate box.)

Here are the steps to take for the best experience in removing your duplicate resources:

  1. Refresh Resources: Go to Tools > Options > General > Resource Paths and click “Refresh Resources.” Restart Libronix to start the refreshing process. You’ll see “Discovering Resources” in the bottom right-hand corner. It will disappear once the refreshing process is complete.
  2. Restart Libronix: Once Libronix is done refreshing resources, restart Libronix twice.
  3. Run the Remove Duplicate Resources Tool: Go to Tools > Library Management > Remove Duplicate Resources, and Libronix will begin scanning your resource paths for any duplicate resources files. You can leave it at “Unlocked on Local Drives” unless you keep locked resources on your computer.
  4. Delete the Duplicate Files: When it finishes building the list, you’ll see that at least one box is checked for each duplicate resource. (You shouldn’t need to check any boxes. Libronix will automatically check the boxes for the files that can safely been deleted.) Libronix will keep the newest resource and delete all others. Scan through the list to see what files will be deleted, and then click “Delete Files.”

That’s it. Enjoy that extra space! :)

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5 Responses to “Deleting Duplicate Resources”

  1. Dean Olive August 14, 2008 at 11:39 am #

    I tried doing this but under step three, something is missing. After going to tools I went to Library Management but then there isn’t a Remove Duplicate Resources link. I do have the latest download edition of Libronix. Could you please help me? I would really like to get rid of duplicate books. Thanks.

  2. Adam Borries August 14, 2008 at 1:19 pm #

    TIP from Logos Tech Support: Does “Remove Duplicates” list your ENTIRE LIBRARY?
    If one path is from “Disc”, it doesn’t count as a duplicate! That refers to the original CD or DVD from which you copied the book. Therefore, if you remove the so-called duplicate file from C:\ drive, you’ll be erasing your library from your computer! To eliminate the “Disc” resources from showing as duplicates, use Tools>Options>General…Resource Paths, click “Refresh Resources”, and restart Libronix.
    Remember that you only have “duplicate” resources if you see TWO paths for the hard drive (C:\) !

  3. Phil Gons August 14, 2008 at 1:47 pm #

    Make sure that you have the Power Tools Addin (http://www.logos.com/addins/details/powertools) installed and that you are running 3.0e.

  4. Alex November 3, 2008 at 10:19 am #

    I seem to have duplicate resources that are not detected by the “Remove Duplicate Resources” feature.
    For example, I have “The New International Version” and also “NIV (The New International Version).”
    Is there a way to remove these types of duplicates? Pretty much every translation I’ve looked at has something similar (i.e. one resource with the full name and another with the abbreviation and full name).
    Both link to the same resource.
    Thanks,
    -Alex

  5. Phil Gons November 3, 2008 at 10:55 am #

    Alex, those aren’t actually duplicate resources but alternate titles for the same resources. At any rate, here’s how to make them go away: Seeing Double: How to Display Only Primary Resource Titles.