I am looking for a solution to search for duplicate files / images on my mac but only in one direction: Folders A and B should be compared but I am only interested in files in folder A with duplicates in folder B. If there are any duplicates within B does not matter.
On my Mac I have large collection of photos and images. Lets say they are all located in
/Users/JustMe/PhotoCollection/ or its sub folders.
Within these folders there same known duplicates which where created intentionally. For example I have one folder
Summer Vacationand a sub folder which holds all vacation photos which should be used for a photo book. Thus I am not interested in finding these duplicates.
When I import photos from my camera it can happen that some of them have been imported before. Thus I would like to compare the import folder to the existing photos folder and find only duplicates
- within the import folder (both files are located in the import folder)
- or one version within the import folder and one within the existing photos folder
I am not interested in duplicates within the existing photos.
I tried some known duplicate scanners like Gemini, Cisdem, etc. They all allow to select multiple folders to compare but they don't seem to have an oneway option.
Can this be solved with macOS features or is there any tools which offers this option?
As requested here is an example:
/Users/JustMe/PhotoCollection/ SubfolderA/ Image1.jpg SubfolderB/ ImageA.jpg ImageB.jpg Selection/ ImageA.jpg SubfolderC/ ... /Users/JustMe/PhotoImport/ NewImage1.jpg NewImage2.jpg NewImage2_Copy.jpg ImageA.jpg
/Users/JustMe/PhotoCollection/SubfolderB/ImageA.jpg /Users/JustMe/PhotoCollection/SubfolderB/Selection/ImageA.jpg /Users/JustMe/PhotoImport/NewImage2.jpg /Users/JustMe/PhotoImport/NewImage2_Copy.jpg /Users/JustMe/PhotoImport/ImageA.jpg /Users/JustMe/PhotoCollection/SubfolderB/ImageA.jpg
The first duplicate is within the existing collection and is a known duplicates which should not be deleted / scanned for.
The second duplicate is within the import folder and should be deleted
The 3rd duplicate has one version in the import folder and one in the existing collection. The import version should be deleted.
All duplicate scanners I have tests do not only test the file name but also the capture date, other raw data etc. to make sure files are equal. Additionally they can scan for similar pictures which are not 100% identical but almost the same.