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Windows 7: How to recover folders original creation date after copy ?

2 Weeks Ago   #1
Newb777

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How to recover folders original creation date after copy ?

Hello everyone ,

Before formating my parents laptop, I copied all their personal files on an external drive then transfered them back to the fresh Windows.
Problem is the folders now have the same timestamps ( the day of the transfer ), tough the files inside kept their original timestamps.

Is there a way to recover the original folder timestamps ?

Thanks in advance


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2 Weeks Ago   #2
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

quick question : were there any folders in those folders ? if so, were their timestamps maintained?
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2 Weeks Ago   #3
Newb777

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

All the folders timestamps are reseted, only files ones remains
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2 Weeks Ago   #4
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I don't see any way to do this. Neither Windows nor the file system maintains any kind of history for date stamps. The dates displayed are the only ones stored.
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2 Weeks Ago   #5
Newb777

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

That's what i thought but I had to try on this forum. Thanks for the inputs, for people who are about to do the same mistake i discovered too late that there is different ways to preserve original timestamps BEFORE copying them.

Such as command prompt : How to Copy Files without Changing Date Stamp on Windows 10
Or using non-windows softwares
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2 Weeks Ago   #6
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Newb777 View Post
All the folders timestamps are reseted, only files ones remains
review, there were 2 questions. please reply to each one individually - thank you

edit : OOPS! - I see this topic has been marked as resolved. It is courteous to the membership to share how your issue was fixed.
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2 Weeks Ago   #7
Newb777

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I got the 2 questions, even inside folders got their date reset. Thanks for help, i did share some ways to avoid the mistake but like LMiller7 said I don't think there's any way to really solve this
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2 Weeks Ago   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Did you try to compact.zip the files and sub folders on the source and unzip them on the target?
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2 Weeks Ago   #9
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Newb777 View Post
... Thanks for help, i did share some ways to avoid the mistake but like LMiller7 said I don't think there's any way to really solve this
well, 'avoiding' the mistake is not 'resolving' the issue. I advise to change this back to 'not resolved' status. There is always the 'chance' someone will come along with the solution.
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1 Week Ago   #10
Muted

Windows 7 Lite: Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Newb777 View Post
Hello everyone ,

Before formating my parents laptop, I copied all their personal files on an external drive then transfered them back to the fresh Windows.
Problem is the folders now have the same timestamps ( the day of the transfer ), tough the files inside kept their original timestamps.

Is there a way to recover the original folder timestamps ?

Thanks in advance
A 'folder' is a special type of 'file' under Windows. That is why it has all the same permissions under NTFS (timestamps included).
If you're trying to 'restore' the 'original' timestamp: I do not believe that is possible.

From the sounds of it: The folders were created as new files and the sub-directories maintained their previous timestamps.

The most you could do (AFAIK) right now is to find the oldest file's timestamp and edit the folder's timestamp data and assign it to that.

I am more curious as to why you want the folder's timestamp data changed (although it's none of my concern).
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