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Modified date on deleted file xp

Posted on 2010-08-13
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we have a user that deleted a file on his computer. we recovered the file with recovery software. now does the modified date on the recovered file tell us the date he deleted the file originally or the last time he accessed it?
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modified would be the last time he made a change to it prior to the backup.  So it is not the deleted date or the accessed, but the changed date.  Hope that makes sense.
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what if he opened it up and closed it without making any changes? does that change the modified date?
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Right click on the file and go to properties... you will see some information there with access, etc.
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Hopefully this will help you understand:

    Time/Date Created: When you create a new file or directory, this value is set and does not normally change (unless you deliberately change it). If you make a new copy of a file and save it to a different location, it is treated as a new file and a new creation time stamp is set. Moving a file or simply renaming it does not create a new file, and thus does not give the file a new creation time stamp. (Note: It is possible to end up with a file that has a modification time that's earlier than its creation time when you make a new copy of a file.)
     Time/Date Modified:  This is also called the Last Written date. Whenever the contents of the file are changed, or files are added to or deleted from a directory, this time stamp changes. Renaming the file doesn’t change the modification time stamp. Neither does opening the file without making any changes to it.
    Time/Date Accessed:  This is supposed to show the last time the file was accessed, but experience proves that opening and reading a file without making changes does not immediately change this time stamp in Windows XP (this is because of the variance in resolution time mentioned earlier).
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