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  • File Creation Date- does it change?

    Just wanted to know- does the Creation date of a file change and if so, when?

    I get the feeling that if you edit a file, like a TXT file, the creation date remains. If you copy a file with the same name over an existing file, the file creation date changes. Same if you create a new file and save it over the top of an existing one.

    Can someone verify this for me pls?

    Thanks.

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    Re: File Creation Date- does it change?

    Not to be rude and all, but isnt this easily tested yourself?

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      Re: File Creation Date- does it change?

      Not to be rude, but I asked WHEN does the Creation date of a file change- ie. how can I test something when I do not know the paramters to test by?
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        Re: File Creation Date- does it change?

        The creation date of a file tells you precisely that -- the date/time it was created on a particular disk.

        You can therefore create a file on one drive (sets creation and last modified dates) and copy it to another drive, giving a creation date after the last modified date!

        Causes no end of problems in forensics!
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          Re: File Creation Date- does it change?

          Thanks Tom, just what I needed to know.
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