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Program to categorize data based on last access date

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I just took on a new client who has a 2TB drive dedicated solely to data storage, and only has 11GB of available space left.  The prior IT firm did not do any data management whatsoever.  My new client has asked that I move all data files that have not been accessed within the past three (3) years to an external drive to free up space on his main storage drive.  I advised my client of the pitfalls of doing a "bulldozer" approach to data management, but he insists.  That being said, I need a program that can accomplish the following:

 1. Search his entire data drive and categorize it by Accessed date.
 2. Move those files to a new hard drive while retaining the original folder hierarchy.

Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

System specs:

  1. Server 2008
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akahan earned 2000 total points
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You may not be able to.

I'm pretty sure that NTFS only even TRACKS the last access date if tracking is enabled, and NTFS has it turned off by default.  Check the registry for HLM/System/ControlSet001/Control/Filesystem/Ntfsdisablelastaccessupdate .  If that's set to 1, then I don't think the filesystem is tracking when files were accessed.
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Thanks for the info.  We ultimately went through folder-by-folder to indetify what data needed to be moved.
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