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How Pitara Isolates Duplicate Photos?

Pitara can identify and separate duplicate photos while indexing. It can then move those duplicate photos to the location of your choice for deletion or any other action. 

How does Pitara identify duplicates?

Pitara creates a unique identification signature for each indexed photo. When a signature and dimension of one photo matches with another’s, the one that matched will be identified as a duplicate photo.

Which set of duplicates will be moved?

Photos that are indexed first are considered originals. Photos that are discovered later during the scan are considered duplicates and will be eligible for the move.

Pitara indexes folders in the order that they are added to the photo folder from the settings. Within a folder when there are subfolders, Pitara selects folders sorted by alphabets. This enables control of the photos that will be picked as duplicates for removal.

For example, the folders/drives from which you want to isolate the duplicate images should be added towards the end.

Where are the duplicate photos moved? 

Duplicate photos are moved into the duplicate folder that you have chosen in settings as shown in the image.

The directory structure of duplicate folders

When Pitara isolates duplicate photos into the duplicate folder, it creates an exact same directory structure in which duplicate photos are discovered, so you know where exactly they were found.
As described in the example below, photos that are removed from the collection will be moved under the duplicate folder as shown in the  second image below.
First Image – this is how the photo folder will look like.
Second two – this is how the duplicate folder will look like before you manually delete it. After safety check feel free to delete the entire Duplicate folder to save space on HD.
As you can see, the structure of the folders is retained, so you know from where these duplicates were found.

Original location info

Also, each duplicate folder will contain a file called OriginalLocations.txt

This file contains a list of mapping, informing you where the original photo is on the PC. So in the end you have information about the path to both the original  as well as the duplicate photo.
This is just for your sanity. Before deleting photos isolated in the duplicate folder, it’s recommended that you check the folders that are moved per your requirement.

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