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    Copy/moving files without changing dates

    My aging memory seems to recall that there was a way to copy/move files/directories and not have any of the dates change.

    Anybody recall how?

    Or am I just hallucinating?

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    Re: Copy/moving files without changing dates

    You may well be hallucinating, but reading the XXCOPY guide to Windows File Dates and Times may assist in part...!

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    Re: Copy/moving files without changing dates

    So, you are saying that there's no way via the GUI?

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    Re: Copy/moving files without changing dates

    If you move files to a different folder on the same partition then I think that dates and times are preserved by default.

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    Re: Copy/moving files without changing dates

    Stuart

    I think you're correct, but it apples only to file timestamps. Because the directory has been changed (by the addition of the files!) then its timestamp is changed to 'now'. In other words, forget about directory timestamps...

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    Re: Copy/moving files without changing dates

    A little experiment shows that folders at the top level of the moved tree get a new timestamp, but folders that are inside other moved folders just quietly move with their existing timestamps.

    StuartR

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    Re: Copy/moving files without changing dates

    Hi Stuart,

    If you zip a folder tree and unzip it on another drive, only the top-level folder's date/time stamp is updated.
    Cheers,

    Paul Edstein
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    Re: Copy/moving files without changing dates

    Yes, but I'm asking about the GUI.

    I vaguely recall being able able to hold down Shift, or something like that, but that may have been back in Win 95.

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