Windows Legacy OS forum

General discussion

Preserving Folder Creation Date When Copying

by qqqq88 / August 23, 2009 8:35 PM PDT

I am copying folders from a Windows XP machine to an external hard drive. I noticed that the folders on the external hard drive have a creation date listed as today when I look under "properties". Is there a way to preserve the original folder creation date instead?

Thank you in advance!

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Preserving Folder Creation Date When Copying
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Preserving Folder Creation Date When Copying
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Not sure there is.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 23, 2009 8:38 PM PDT

The difficulty is, that folder has been created onto that drive. It didn't exist before.

However, since I am not entirely sure, lets see what others say.

Mark

Collapse -
Two ideas.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2009 9:24 PM PDT

1. There are other than Explorer copy utilities. ROBOCOPY and ROBOCOPY ALTERNATIVES should speed up your search.

2. Do you remember TOUCH? The age old answer to changing file and directory dates has been to use TOUCH (the utility) for many years.

Good hunting,
Bob

Collapse -
Re: preserving folder dates in copy
by Kees Bakker / August 25, 2009 7:21 AM PDT

I tried xxcopy from www.xxcopy.com.

I didn't count, but I estimate their xxcopy command has some 200 switches. One of them is /TTC which keeps the creation date of the files it copies (or /TTC0 which sets it to today). But, alas, it doesn't work for the newly created folders, even in combination with the /bu (backup switch) or the /t (copy directory structure only) switch

Still, I think you specified a quite reasonable requirement, especially in the context of backup. If the alternatives like Robocopy and Synctoy (both from Microsoft) don't do it either, you might consider to contact xxcopy.com to see if they are willing to implement yet another switch meaning "keep directory dates when creating a new directory". It won't help, but I would second such a request.

Kees

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Help 47,885 discussions
icon
Computer Newbies 10,322 discussions
icon
iPhones, iPods, & iPads 3,188 discussions
icon
Security 30,333 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 20,177 discussions
icon
HDTV Picture Setting 1,932 discussions
icon
Phones 15,713 discussions
icon
Windows 7 6,210 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 14,510 discussions

Tech for the school year

Smart tech for smart students

Forget the pencils and notebooks. Gear up your students with these portable and powerful note-taking machines.