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How to Perform Common Tasks

File Manipulations

Bulk Rename (Renaming multiple files)

When multiple files are to be renamed according to a common rename pattern (for example, adding a common prefix, suffix or replacing some part of the fileName), select all files which are to be renamed, and select the "Rename" menu item.
You can now either individually rename each file, or press the "Rename All"-Button, which will rename all remaining files by the same character replacement algorithm.

Erasing Files (With Security Relevant Data)

A regular file-delete operation does not physically delete the file's contents on your hard disk; instead, it is only logically removed from the directory. The contents will still be physically present on your hard disk, until the disk blocks get reused for another file. Thus there is a chance that a deleted file's contents can be reconstructed by so called "unerase tools", which find and reallocate such free disk blocks.
The erase function helps to prevent this, by overwriting a file's data blocks physically, before the file is deleted logically. Be aware that erasing is much slower than a regular delete operation, because the file is completely rewritten before.

You should use this function to erase files containing security relevant data, such as cryptographic keys, passwords, banking data etc.

Splitting a Big File

This operation splits a big file into smaller pieces. It is very useful if you have to save a big file onto multiple CDs or USB sticks, or to prepare a big file for transmission in smaller junks, if mailboxes limit the maximum size of attachments.

Joining Pieces of a Big File

This is the reverse of the above split operation; multiple smaller parts are joined into a big file.

Searching & Comparing

Comparing two Files

To compare the contents of two files (for example, to validate a burned CD's or DVD's contents), first select a file in the browser's upper file list, then select the "Tools - File Differences" menu item. This will open a dialog to select the second file to be compared to the first one.

Comparing two Directories

The "Tools - Directory Differences" menu item will recursively search for differences between two folders and all subfolders. It will find files which are only present in either directory, or which are different.

Searching for Duplicate Files

This operation is very useful, if you merge MP3 or Video collections, and duplicate files are likely to be present.

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