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Kudos0

Time/date stamp on files restored from backup - IS THIS FOR REAL ???

After restoring backup copies of critical files that were lost in a hard disk crash from my Norton 360 backup, I discovered that the time/date stamps for the files had been changed to match the time and date that they were restored.  IS THIS FOR REAL???? 

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Kudos0

Re: Time/date stamp on files restored from backup - IS THIS FOR REAL ???


kodowdus wrote:

After restoring backup copies of critical files that were lost in a hard disk crash from my Norton 360 backup, I discovered that the time/date stamps for the files had been changed to match the time and date that they were restored.  IS THIS FOR REAL???? 


Welcome,

I'm confused. How is this different from the way your system copies files from other places to your system. I usually go to the date column when I look for a file I have just downloaded when I haven't cleaned out the download folder in a week or more.

Thanks

Dick Win 10x64 current current NSBU
Kudos0

Re: Time/date stamp on files restored from backup - IS THIS FOR REAL ???

Dick,

I'm confused about your confusion.  If I back up a Word document that was last modified on 8/31/11 and restore it from the backup on 9/13/11, I don't expect the Date Modified (not to mention the Date Created) stamp on the file to be changed to 9/13/11! 

Ken

Kudos1 Stats

Re: Time/date stamp on files restored from backup - IS THIS FOR REAL ???

Hi Ken,

It is my understanding that this is due to operating system behavior. The backup that is made is essentially just a copy of the file that was on the computer. If you add it back to the computer it is being created to the computer again and Windows time stamps it accordingly. It would be false for the OS to say a file was created in the past when it was just created on the system in the present.

I am sorry that you find this programming behavior upsetting. If you intend to keep several iterations of a document on hand, may I suggest you include the date of the last change in the file name?

Kudos0

Re: Time/date stamp on files restored from backup - IS THIS FOR REAL ???

With all due respect, I find it hard to believe you're suggesting that a computer user in the 21st century should have to include the latest modification date as part of the file name every time a file is modified because the backup "system" can't keep track of it! 

Kudos0

Re: Time/date stamp on files restored from backup - IS THIS FOR REAL ???

Hmm...  You were not told that the back up system could not "keep track of it."  It is a Microsoft issue.  The operating system determines how certain things are done.  Norton is not able to just change that.  Perhaps visit the Microsoft forum for satisfaction. 

Under certain circumstances profanity provides relief denied even to prayer.Mark Twain
Kudos0

Re: Time/date stamp on files restored from backup - IS THIS FOR REAL ???

This is totally bizarre.  I've never heard of any other backup software that operates this way. How can you say " If you add it back to the computer it is being created to the computer again and Windows time stamps it accordingly."?  If I were to copy or cut and paste a file that originated anywhere from any medium to the computer using any other application, Windows would not automatically change the time/date stamp! 

Kudos0

Re: Time/date stamp on files restored from backup - IS THIS FOR REAL ???


kodowdus wrote:

This is totally bizarre.  I've never heard of any other backup software that operates this way. How can you say " If you add it back to the computer it is being created to the computer again and Windows time stamps it accordingly."?  If I were to copy or cut and paste a file that originated anywhere from any medium to the computer using any other application, Windows would not automatically change the time/date stamp! 


I think that there is a difference in the operation of a 'cut and paste' move of a file and the 'download/restore' of a file. I expect that you can confirm this by using the windows backup feature to duplicate what you would normally do using 360 and then restore that backup and verify the dates.

Introducing new data files to the existing data files requires that the computer differentiate them. The date is the easiest way. Backed up files are 'new'. If the file from which the backup was made still exists on the computer the two must have some type of difference so that they can be kept separate. If there is no difference then the backup becomes a duplicate. The backup software does not have the ability to do a compare and make that type of  decision.

Just some thoughts on the situation

Dick Win 10x64 current current NSBU
Kudos0

Re: Time/date stamp on files restored from backup - IS THIS FOR REAL ???

>>I expect that you can confirm this by using the windows backup feature to duplicate what you would normally do using 360 and then restore that backup and verify the dates.<<

Thanks for the suggestion.  The Windows backup feature works like you would expect - the time/date stamp on the backed up files is preserved when you restore them.  No more Norton 360 backup for me. 

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