Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: How do I find the original date creation on a file?

10 Apr 2015   #1
JohnSmith017

Windows 8
 
 
How do I find the original date creation on a file?

Hi guys, I am new here and I would like to clarify a few things.

As the title suggested, is there a way to find the original creation date on a file which has been copied and pasted. Here were the steps I took.

1. Copied documents from PC to external hard drive
2. Deleted documents on PC.
3. Connected ext hd to my laptop and booted up the files
4. Right clicked properties to view the creation date, which shows the current date instead of the original date.

So from what I know, the "date created" is the date which I copied and pasted into the external hard drive, right?

Is there a way to find out the ORIGINAL date created from my laptop? I have since deleted the orignal document from my PC.

Many thanks in advance.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
10 Apr 2015   #2
littlecheese04

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello, if I understand your question correctly, date created is when the file was moved. Odd, however I just tried it myself on my own two partitions. Date modified is when the file was modified/made(assuming no other modifications to the file were made.)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Apr 2015   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote:
Is there a way to find out the ORIGINAL date created from my laptop? I have since deleted the orignal document from my PC.
Sorry, but no.

Windows file systems maintain potentially 3 dates stamps.
1. Creation date.
2. Modified date.
3. Access date. Not updated by default.

All of these can be overwritten or modified in a variety of ways. Once changed the original date is lost.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

10 Apr 2015   #4
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

When you copied it to the external HD it was "Created" on the external HD then. The only way to save the original creation date would be to do an image backup or may find a 3rd party program to copy with.

Hmmm, I just found one post that says robocopy can do this.
How to preserve file attributes when one copies files in Windows?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 How do I find the original date creation on a file?




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
"Date Modified" changes on original file when copying
I spent some time searching the forums but did not find any post that answered my question so I am starting a new thread. Windows Explorer is changing my original file's date when I do a drag-and-drop copy operation. I would like to know how I can tell Win7 to not change the original file date.
General Discussion
File Creation Date Oddity? Or Normal Behavior?
Something I discovered tonight...let me explain by example: I have two files in folder AAA. One is named BBB, with a creation date of 1-1-14. One is named CCC, with a creation date of 8-1-14. If I delete BBB, and then rename CCC to BBB, then that file's creation date changes from 8-1-14 to...
General Discussion
Changing the Creation date of a file
hello guys, I have a question,we have an external hard disk that some files and folders are created there,suppose someone with a third party tool (like Attribute Changer) modified the creation date of files or folders,is there any way to find the original creation date of these files or folders? ...
General Discussion
How to keep the original date of a file created as is when it's copied
To me if a started a file a week ago be it a Word Document, or whatever then last week is when it was created. If the day after I do something to that file than that day is the date when that files has been changed, or as Windows puts it, 'modified'. What bothers me is if I now make a copy of this...
General Discussion
Two Questions: Windows 7 Preview Pane & Changing Photo's Creation Date
Hey, I'm new to the forums and I'm not sure how frequent you've been asked this question... Is there a way to keep a default setting for your folders, like having things viewed in list, viewed in groups and the preview pane being set at a specific size? Every time I exit a folder it resets. Is...
Performance & Maintenance
File search (by date range) displays incorrect Mod Date in results
Searching for files modified in a specified date range (of the past 3 days) gets a search result list titled "date modified", and with the column heading "Date Modified" but the date listed against a file modified today is wrong. The date displayed matches the file creation date & is within the...
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:14.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App