Copying files with Creation Dates preserved?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Mike B, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. Mike B

    Mike B Guest

    Is there any way to copy files from an external drive onto a local drive,
    making sure that the files' Creation Dates are preserved during the copy, and
    not simply set to the date/time of copying?

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
    Mike B, Dec 11, 2007
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  2. If you don't mind doing stuff from the command line, there is a splendidly
    named command "robocopy" (which supersedes xcopy) which does this for files
    by default, and will do it for directories too if you supple a parameter,
    eg:

    robocopy /dcopy:t <dir1_name> <dir2_name>

    Do a robocopy /? for syntax. May take some getting used to, by the look of
    it.

    Regards,
    Arfur
     
    Arfur Million, Dec 12, 2007
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  3. There is also a GUI for Robocopy available, if that is preferred.

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2006/11/UtilitySpotlight/

    ss.
     
    Synapse Syndrome, Dec 12, 2007
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  4. Mike B

    Mike B Guest

    Many thanks, guys. Robocopy is great. Only wish I'd discovered it earlier.
    Copies files without destroying the time stamp date data. And the GUI makes
    it so much easier for my point and click preferences! Good too that robocopy
    comes as standard in Vista.

    So, thanks again.

    Mike
     
    Mike B, Dec 12, 2007
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