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Copying "create time" attribute on files

By netlooker24 ·
This may be a real dumb question, but I'd appreciate if someone knows a fix for this. I have a folder full of old files that I want to copy to a new location. But I've discovered when I copy them, Windows 98 (and perhaps other OSs as well, but this is the one I use) changes the file's "created" timestamp to the current date and time. Maybe it's done this all the time (and in a way, it kind of makes sense, because the file is being "recreated") but I would prefer it if all the "created" dates remained as they were, so that in the absence of any other indication in the file itself, I can accurately judge how old it is.
Does anybody know of a utility or setting that can accomplish this? Thanks.

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by dmiles In reply to Copying "create time" att ...

Because you are copying and the folder itself is being recreated,the date will change,it has been my expierence that the files located in the folder will not be affected by the date change but if selected and viewed will stil have the date created on it when you open that particular file.

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by netlooker24 In reply to Copying "create time" att ...

Sorry. This wasn't much of a help.

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by SyscoKid In reply to Copying "create time" att ...

You need a third-party utility to do that. I found a free one called XXCOPY here:

http://www.datman.com/xxcopy.htm

It's a command line tool but it looks like it'll do what you want.

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by netlooker24 In reply to Copying "create time" att ...

I actually found and tried this utility, and while it has extensive options, none seemed to be made for the purpose of preserving the file-creation date when that file was being copied. See solution below.

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by SyscoKid In reply to Copying "create time" att ...

Found this too, it is a tool specifically to adjust dates/times:

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Lakes/1401/fileuti2.htm#attribute

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by netlooker24 In reply to Copying "create time" att ...

A nifty utility, but again, does not solve my particular problem. See solution below.

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by Tony Beresford In reply to Copying "create time" att ...

Just rename the folder, then creat a new folder with the same name as the old one.

For example

ren myfiles oldfiles
mkdir myfiles

You will find that the timestamps in oldfiles will not have changed.

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by netlooker24 In reply to Copying "create time" att ...

I did not personally try this, but it may work in cases where the solution I discovered for myself (a rather obvious and simple one, I'm afraid) is not what YOUR looking for. Here's the trick:
Don't copy your files, but MOVE them.
When you copy a file, it accurately gives the new (carbon) copy of the file its proper creation date. If the original file is moved to a new location (in the case where you only need one copy of the file for your records) it keeps its original creation date, since it is after all the original file.
I am just a very cautious user, and so by default always copy, and then delete my old files upon verifying that the copy was successfull.
Now I make a copy of the original (for the same verification purposes) butthen MOVE the original folder to its new destination. And voila, all my "file created" fields retain their original data.

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