Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

My system is Windows 2003 Server + NTFS and in some directories it is storing the Last modification date incorrectly whereas the Creation Time is still fine. The offset is exactly one year in the past: the last modified date is older than the creation date!!!. Did you experience similar problems? What is the explanation and solution for recovering to a normal situation?

I just hope it is not an indication that our disks are getting old (in which case it would be rather unlikely that this phenomenon is visible on all files in a given directory...)

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

It's more likely to be down to a date inconsistency between the time on the server and the time on the client pc. You should check both to make sure they're correct.

share|improve this answer
No sorry date and time are fine on both computers. – jdehaan Sep 25 '09 at 13:52
Sorry just to be clear I mean the date on the client pc that last modified the image. – Col Sep 25 '09 at 15:44
After drilling down to a cause, it seems that the path where these files came from originate from a computer which date/time settings are wrong (not under our control). By simulating it I could reproduce the same behavior, so it is indeed the right answer, what I had doubts about at first. Thanks for the tip! – jdehaan Oct 17 '09 at 10:17

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.