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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!

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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.


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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,

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

I tried xxcopy from

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 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.


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