Microsoft Azure is a cloud storage service designed by Microsoft to help potential users create and deploy apps and services. It was rolled out as Windows Azure in February 2010 before being renamed as Microsoft Azure in March 2014. It is an extremely useful platform, as its utility can be gauged by the fact that the products catalog on Azure’s official site comprises more than 600 entries! This is why Azure counts some of the well-known names across the world as it’s esteemed clients, such as Reuters, Siemens, Quora, Toyota, Walmart, and many others.

Azure gets clogged with all kinds of duplicate files over the passage of time. The pressure of meeting deadlines and delivering on the job means properly organizing the file structure is often compromised upon. As time passes by, this problem can aggravate and snowball into a big mess. This means precious storage space is being wasted, and loads of time is also lost to digging out the right file amongst the heaps of duplicates. Another possible issue that might happen sometimes is related to team collaboration. Some team members might have worked on a single file while others might have spent big hours giving their input on a duplicate of the same file. This leads to loss of productivity in the organization, and this is another big reason why duplicate data must be taken care of without wasting any more time.

And that’s exactly what we’re out here for. So let’s look at how we can manually clean up duplicate files in Microsoft Azure. The whole process is simple and to-the-point. To put it simply, you will download the relevant Microsoft Azure data, scan it for duplicates and remove them, and then upload all the duplicate-less data back to Microsoft Azure.

Step 1: Create a New File Share

To begin with, you will have to download your Microsoft Azure contents to your local computer. You need to create a new file share and provide it with the sufficient quota limit.

  1. Open the Microsoft Azure website and sign in to your account.
  2. On the Navigation menu, click Storage Accounts.
  3. Select your currently active account.
  4. On the Service page, click File | File Shares.
  5. Now click the grey button that says You don’t have any file shares. Click here to create one.
  6. Simply specify a name for the file share in the Name textbox as well as entering in an appropriate file share in the Size textbox.
Note: The maximum quota limit is 5120 GB.

Step 2: Download the Files

Simply download all the files which you need to download by selecting them and clicking Download.

Step 3: The Duplicate Scan

Now we will make good use of a purpose-built software program in this step. This software specifically scans given files for any duplicates and removes them with a perfect degree of accuracy while completing the whole process at a lightning fast speed.

  1. Download and install Clone Files Checker.
  2. Launch the software and click the green Add button to add all the files that you just downloaded from Microsoft Azure a while ago.
  3. The Search Options section is totally an optional area, and you can happily ignore it. For those who might be interested, this section helps to create file type and file size filters.
  4. Now click the Start Search button to kick-start the scan.
  5. The scan will conclude and show you a summary of the results. The pop-up will include Fix Wizard and Review & Fix buttons as well as the number of duplicates detected in the scan and the total disk space occupied by these duplicates.
  6. The Fix Wizard option can be termed a part of the Review & Fix option, so we will just describe the latter to keep this short and relevant.
  7. Click Review & Fix.
  8. Now click the Select Duplicates button and select an option of your choice.
  9. All the options are very straightforward and easy to grasp. The Select By File Locations is for advanced users who might want to retain as well as delete files from specific folders.
  10. The last step is to click the Select Action button (just next to Select Duplicates) and select Permanent Delete.

Step 4: Upload the Data

Now that all the duplicate data has been removed, you can happily proceed to upload the remaining duplicate free data to your Microsoft Azure account. The detailed procedure is as follows:

  1. Navigate to the concerning file share on Azure.
  2. In the toolbar, find and click the Upload icon.
  3. Now simply browse and upload the folder(s) which have been cleaned of duplicates as a result of the Clone Files Checker scan.

That’s it. You’ve erased a whole lot of duplicates from your Microsoft Azure data, recovered a trove of storage space for productive usage and got rid of data disorganization.

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