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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.


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

Zip the files. Then extract the .zip to the destination. Seriously.

Windows Explorer doesn't offer any "Paste Special" menu option, so you only have the normal paste behavior.

I'd like to think there may be a shell extension written by someone somewhere, which could add a "Paste with creation times" menu option, but I've not found one.

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omg zip 600gigs? srsly... that will take 3 weeks – user28380 Feb 16 '10 at 10:26
Okay, okay. That's not an option with many large files. – njd Feb 16 '10 at 11:57
Well if you zip using store only it won't compress and is very fast. – John T Feb 16 '10 at 15:09
and how im supposed to unzip it, i would need double the space i have. – user28380 Feb 17 '10 at 10:22

FreeFileSync ( use the Mirror setting. It preserves creation timestamps and won't hang on an error. Does a lot more but should solve this problem.

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