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By cliff680 ·
I am trying to copy a directory and sub-directores from a Win '98 machine to a Win XP machine. My client has said that it is very important to keep the creation date of the folders the same. Of course every time I try to copy them (via win explorer, xcopy, pc anywhere file transfer and winzip) the folder creation on the new machine changes to the current time. Does anyone have a solution to this?? Can it be done??
Thanx in advance.

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by DKlippert In reply to Copying Folders

Have you tried xcopy with a /O switch?
Mark Minasi had an article in Windows & .NET Magazine
http://tinyurl.com/2lvpy

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by cliff680 In reply to

Yeah, I tried that. It copies ownership and permissions, but it resets the creation date of the folder to the current time.

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by travis_wood22 In reply to Copying Folders

there is a chance you could set the system time back to the original date of the file creation.

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by cliff680 In reply to

I found a way to change the dates of the folders once they are copied, but there are hundreds and hundreds of folders, so that's not going work.
Thanks though.

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by TheChas In reply to Copying Folders

To be honest, I can't think of any way to preserve the folder creation dates from the W98 PC other than cloning the drive and installing a second drive on the XP system.

If you use a drive copy utility such as the one that is part of Western Digital's Data Lifeguard Tools, the file and folder structure remains intact.

The problem when copying folders from 1 drive to another is that a NEW folder is created on the target drive. In XP, I believe that you even get a new date entry in each file for the date it was copied to the new drive.

You might try a backup and restore. But, I think the only way to keep the folder creation dates will be to clone the W98 drive onto another drive and mount the drive as a second drive on the XP system.

After cloning the drive, I would boot to DOS, and delete any folders that are not desired. (Such as C:\Windows)

Chas

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by maddiuex In reply to Copying Folders

Use windows xp machine to backup the files and folders preserving date and times, then use Xp to restore the files and folders on the machine you need to. If backup is not in system tools then you need to install it from the Windows Add and remove programs
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by Juergen Hartl In reply to Copying Folders

I am not sure but an Imaging program might do the trick.

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