how to retain directory timestamp when copying between drives

Posted on 2011-03-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I am trying to make a copy of the files/folders on one drive to a folder in another drive (backup). I am wanting to keep everything as is is in the source, so attributes/timestamp etc for files and folders.
I have tried copy, xcopy and robocopy. I can get xcopy and robocopy to retails the file attributes/timestamp, but the folders in the destination end up with the current days timestamp, not its original. I am using the /DCOPY:T in Robocopy, but reading around it seems the drive to drive copy is causing the issue. Is there any (free/easy) way to regularly copy drive (just modified items) to a folder on another drive.
I am using Win7 Pro x64, NTFS on all drives, robocopy version XP027.
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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This is a fun one. Xxcopy wil do it but it's not free. I think Syncback keeps folder timestamps.

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ID: 35090744
I believe robocopy with the /COPYALL or the /copy:T  switch is what you need.
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Plantwiz earned 250 total points
ID: 35090753
You may want to review this thread:

It appears that robocopy will not preserve the date stamp
of a folder. However, you do the following:
1. Use robocopy to copy a folder, complete with subfolders.
2. Compile a list of all folder dates.
3. Use a "touch" utility to apply the folder dates to the target folder.

The batch file below will do just that. It makes use of
DirDate.exe, which you can download from
DirDate is not free but you might find other touch tools that are.

The batch file relies on drive T: not being used for anything
else. You must remove all # characters - they only serve to
mark the beginning of each line. Do not retype the file - use
copy & paste instead.

#@echo off
#set first=true
#set DDate=zzz
#set Source=d:\temp
#set Target=d:\New
#set TempFile=d:\dir.tmp
#set TouchTool=C:\Program Files\DataMystic\DirDate\dirDate.exe
#if exist d:\Touch.bat del d:\Touch.bat
#robocopy "%Source%" "%Target%" *.* /s
#subst T: "%Source%"
#dir T:\ /s /ad /tw | findstr "Directory .." > "%TempFile%"
#for /F "delims=" %%a in ('type "%TempFile%"') do call :Sub %%a
#subst T: /d
#subst T: "%Target%"
#call d:\Touch.bat
#subst T: /d
#goto :eof
#set parms=%*
#if %parms:~0,3%==Dir set Dir=%parms:~13%
#if not %parms:~0,3%==Dir set DDate=%parms:~0,10%
#if not %DDate%==zzz (
# if not %first%==true echo "%TouchTool%" Date=%DDate% "%Dir%" >>
# set first=false
# set DDate=zzz

And if you are inclined to use a different tool:

Expert Comment

ID: 35090772
Sorry AotearoaPeoplesNetwork I just realized I did not read your question fully and you were already at Robocopy.  Plantwiz's find looks promising though.

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