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    Copy/move folders but keep date?

    Using Windows Explorer to copy or move files and folders treats the date/time attribute differently: for files, the original date/time is retained; but for folders, the new location takes on the current date/time.

    Is there any way to override this default behavior? I want to retain the original date/time of the folders too. (I'm using Win2K, in case it matters.)

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    Re: Copy/move folders but keep date?

    I'm going to stick my neck out and say that this behaviour is by design. Any time you change the files in a folder/directory, then it's an update to the folder, so the "Date Written" is the current time. It's a feature. I haven't come across any utility which will change the times on folders/directories, only on files. Even if such existed, any action on the directory would cause the time to be changed, and negate the previous action.

    Always worth a read is Windows File Date and Time.
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    Re: Copy/move folders but keep date?

    I'd more or less come to the same conclusion, and won't bother trying to work with folder dates.

    Thank you! The tech bulletin was helpful too.
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    Re: Copy/move folders but keep date?

    Depending on why you want the folder date/time, maybe you could use a small log file in the directory to track the date/time for you. For example, you create create a file, say "folder_date.txt", with ".LOG" as the first line and enter the "correct" date time as the second line, followed by comments. That would allow you to update the logged date/time as needed, by opening and updating the file.
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    Re: Copy/move folders but keep date?

    Maybe this is of interest. You will note Wakko's comment about not working with folders. I did not try the link in the reply -- but perhaps "Directory Touch" can do what you want??

    Is there a way to "touch" a file in DOS/Windows as I can in UNIX/Linux?

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