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Windows 7: How important are File Timestamps?

18 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
How important are File Timestamps?

Hey all, just wondering how important the file timestamps are.

Since copying my files from drives to drives I've noticed that these have been altered. I have some where the files have a modified time before a created time.

I've lost my original created times. I've had some files that were created in 2004 now showing as created in 2012.

Would this cause any problems at all?

Any help would be appreciated.

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18 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

No they won't cause problems...just metadata.
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18 Apr 2012   #3

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

When you copy a file to a new drive, it will show the creation time as the time it was copied over. This is what causes the creation time to be later than the last modified time. It's just a result of the copying process. If you want to keep the original creation times, you can choose to move the files instead of copying them.
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19 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit

Thanks for the replies guys! :-)
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