# How to copy files while not modifying the file creation times at all?

Just like the cut and paste works: it doesnt modify the file creation times at all.

Where to get such program? I dont want to lose the info when my files were createn, and i dont want to cut/paste the files on my new HDD since i want to leave a backup on this old disk in case the new one will fail.

Also this program should not stop the copying if there occurs some errors like "are you sure you want to copy read only file?" or something stupid like that.

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Robocopy preserves timestamps by default. You can get it for XP in the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit.

example:

robocopy C:\ E:\ /E


If you aren't comfortable with the command line, Robocopy GUI makes it even easier.

Another copy utility which can preserve timestamps is XXCOPY:

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could you tell me why does this beep once in a while when i use "robocopy C:\foo C:\bar /COPYALL /E /R:0" command? it occurs once in 10mins or something. –  user28380 Feb 16 '10 at 11:53
Not sure, robocopy has never beeped for me. Are the files being copied properly though? –  John T Feb 16 '10 at 15:08
Dunno, the size of the copied data is few megabytes smaller. Ive gotta write some file checker program so i can see which files were not copied... –  user28380 Feb 17 '10 at 10:22