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Windows 7: Copy software that copies directory/folder timestamps?

10 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
Copy software that copies directory/folder timestamps?

So far I've tried, Robocopy/Robocopy UI, Richcopy and Teracopy.

Robocopy does have the directory timestamp function (/DCOPY:T) but it doesn't work with nested directories and the same goes for Richcopy.

Teracopy does copy timestamps for nested directories but it crashes when I copy large amount of files (>1TB), tried v2.3 and 2.27 and both crash.

Are there other reliable copy software out there that is able to copy directory timestamps? What do IT professionals use when they need to copy large amount of files and folders and retain timestamps?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Feb 2014   #2

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

I haven't had a issues with Robocopy not copying timestamps off all files and directories in the source. The thing is. You need to let it finish to completion for directories to retain their timestamps.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

The copy was complete, I do regular backups to my external hdd.

This is a known issue with Robocopy, nested folders timestamps (date modified) are not coped over, only date created is copied over.

Give it a try and see for yourself. Look for a folder that has other folders in them and copy the root folder, after the copy process is complete 'date modified' is not copied over.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

10 Feb 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Looks like we were both half right.

This is my Robocopy command

robocopy D:\test G:\test /E /COPYALL /DCOPY:T /LOG:C:\robocopy.log (which will copy all timestamps of nested directories)


if the multithread switch is added (/MT[:n]), "Date Modified" will not be copied over.

robocopy D:\test G:\test /MT /E /COPYALL /DCOPY:T /LOG:C:\robocopy.log (adding the /MT switch results in "date modified" not being copied over)

What I also noticed when using the /MT switch is the Speed in Bytes/sec. and MegaBytes/min. is not reported at the end of the job.

Seems like there's a lot more things /MT switch messes up than just /IPG and /EFSRAW
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2014   #5

Win 7 HP

I cannot find any way to preserve the time attributes of the TOP folder being copies... only the subfolders
and files
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Sep 2014   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

What command line are you using? When you say "top" folder, you mean root folder. I don't have any issues preserving time stamps of the root folder and nested folder.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Sep 2014   #7

Win 7 HP

it is not really the end of the world, but I used:
robocopy f:\newsbin\ z:\newsbin\ /E /COPYALL /DCOPY:T

and the modified and created dates for newsbin were the date/time executed, but all subfolders were preserved, which in this case was good enough.

Really crap 'feature' from MS to have this issue... once I create a folder, it should exist with that creation date no matter where I copy or move it to. ridiculous

almost as ridiculous as windows explorer windows not remembering their size/position info after reboot.

who makes these decisions?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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