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Can anybody explain thes nonsensical dates?
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Question by:GordonRae
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Sajen Jose earned 1000 total points
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My Theory (Could be wrong) :)

Assume I create a file called Theory.doc on 10th Nov 2010 in a folder c:\dump\Theory.doc and then I copy the same file to another location say C:\Temp\Theory.doc on 24th Nov 2010

When I open this file Theory.doc from C:\Temp, the dates would be as follows

Created:24 Nov 2010 (This was the time it was created in the folder C:\Temp)
Modified:10th Nov 2010 (This was the time when the file was actually saved last time)
Accessed: 24 Nov 2010 (This was the time when the explorer accessed the file last).

So, just wanted to check if this document was copied over from a share drive... or created earlier in a different location.
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by:Sajen Jose
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**Oops correction

Instead of "When I open this file Theory.doc..." it should be when I check the file properties of Theory.doc from C:\Temp
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by:GrahamSkan
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The created date is held in the file and cannot easily be modified. The other dates are in the filing system. All dates are obtained from the system date settings, so any anomalies would be saved incorrectly.

If it isn't caused by a wrong system date, then there is some sort of bug with the system. Can you reproduce it?
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by:GordonRae
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IH Graham, tried / tested a new Word Doc. Behaving perfectly.
I doubt we will get a definative answer to this, just opinions. Perhaps the Doc was created on (say) a laptop with wrong system date? The reason I'm asking this, is 'cos my Boss asked me! And I don't have a positive answer.
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If you don't have positive knowledge of the file history,  that is a very likely explanation.
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