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I want to chage the time stamp of several files.  I have tried several utilities, which seem ok, but if I can't seem to change the seconds to an odd number i.e. 53.

Anyone know of a way to do this???

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Question by:pentomino
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by:fritzy88
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I have used the old DOS filedate utility by Norton (fd.exe 10KB) in the past. It works great. If you're having problems with setting the seconds, perhaps you could try a workaround. It'll cost you one blank CD. Burn the files you want to change the date of to a CD using Easy CD Creator or Nero. These programs will give you the option to change the file dates for all files you're burning to them. Then, you could copy the files back to the hard drive and they will have that new date. Hope it works!
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by:Asta Cu
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Perhaps if you clarify more specifically what you're trying to accomplish, we can find a workaround for you.  What are the file types you're trying to modify?

There are many ways to modify what you seek, but the key, I believe is, what are the files or file types and more importantly, why and how are you trying to modify the time stamp?  If this relates to hacking, that's illegal.  If it related to correcting database information, let us know the database you're dealing with and why.

Bottom line, we want to help, but your question is rather global in nature and more specifics will help narrow the scope to stop wild guesswork and waste on all our parts.

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by:Asta Cu
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I've added comments to some of your older open questions which remain open to ensure that you get Email notifs of their status in the hopes you'll return to them to update and close them.

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by:pentomino
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Fritzy88...thanks, I will try that..

Astaec..
I don't see what difference it makes as to what type of file it is that I want to change the time it was modifed.

I am NOT a hacker..!!!
I do believe in keeping a backup of all my software  and data!!!

I want to do this so my directory compare utility (Beyond Compare)  will not show
and differencies.


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by:Asta Cu
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The reason I asked you is that there are some specifics where you cannot accomplish this goal, some files are protected, others receive their updates from APIs, some importation processor from Outlook changed modify and create dates as a result of importation processes which cannot be overwritten, and many, many more.  Thus my question.  I like to help where I can, and surely enjoy saving people frustration and effort in achieving a goal that is beyond reach.  Thus my question to you.

I choose to minimize add-ons and external apps to help me control my environment because I've found that if they're not compatible, they can create chaos in an otherwise troublefree environment.  I'd feel remiss if I were to advise you as to how you can modify files (especially key files), outside normal routines using addons and external programs that may well lock you out of normal processes and force you to reinstall your OS, Apps, etc., to recover.

Clearly, you're more of an adventuresome spirit than I, but felt compelled to ask.  Good luck on your endeavors.  I've shared my concern, and will uncheck this item and get back to work.  Good luck.

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by:pentomino
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Astaec

I have closed those questions that you told me about.  Sorry to keep them open so long.

Maybe you misunderstood me on this question.   I can change the time on just about any file I want to.  The problem is I can NOT give it a time of say 13:14:17  where the seconds are ODD. when I change it and go back to look, the file has an even seconds time i.e. 13:14:18. with EVEN seconds.  I tried several utilities, and they all work the same way.

Pentomino..

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by:Asta Cu
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That's really odd, Pentomino.  If you change it to an even number, does it translate to an odd number in terms of seconds?
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by:Asta Cu
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I'm quite intrigued by this, and wonder if the transaction is relying on your system clock to record the change and that perhaps it is taking that second to record/update the change.

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by:Asta Cu
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Also curious if you've tried changing the specific time stamp and detail for the specific file directly within DOS?  You might just try this for a specific (unimportant text file as an example to see if it takes the current time correctly' here's a sample)

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COPY filename /B + ,, /Y
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by:pentomino
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Astaec

If I change it to a different time with even seconds, it will keep the change.
I do not think it is using the system clock at all.  
That copy exmple works ok, but new time still has even seconds.

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by:pelejab
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go to www.canyonsw.com and load the program dragandfile which is similar but a lot more powerful than windows explorer. This allows you to change date, time etc as well as zipping and unzipping files and looking at files within a zip file plus many more functions eg listing the files of a directory to ascii file.
cheers, Pete
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This application can change the time stamp quite easily and plus its just not an Explorer replacement it has a lot of other things you can do with it as well. A very well rounded program A+.

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by:pbessman
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Asta I don't see your question as inappropriate at all:-).  More people should ask.  Pentomino, It is for our protection as well as yours that she asked.  If we were to instruct you on how you could get around some barrier that was to aid you in a crime and your system was hauled into the forensics lab of some law enforcement agency we could all be sited as accessories.  In most states directing such people over the internet is considered constructive presence and would add to the charges the charge of conspiracy because you can send messages in "REAL TIME".

Do I have a possible solution?  Maybe.  I'll get back to you on that.
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Please go here you will see that it is common.

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q127/8/30.asp

To quote the link.  And to add to the appropriateness of what Asta asked,"File time stamps on FAT drives are rounded to the nearest two seconds (even number) when the file is written to the drive. The file time stamps on NTFS drives are rounded to the nearest 100 nanoseconds when the file is written to the drive. Consequently, file time stamps on FAT drives always end with an even number of seconds, while file time stamps on NTFS drives can end with either even or odd number of seconds.

When files are copied from NTFS drives to FAT drives, some file time stamp rounding has to occur; the file time stamp is rounded up to the next even second.

To preserve exact NTFS file times, always copy files from NTFS drives to other NTFS drives. If you are writing a program to compare file times between NTFS and FAT drives, accommodate for the expected rounding."

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by:Asta Cu
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Most interesting, learned again.  Thanks.  Asta
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Excellent!  ":0)  Asta
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