SafeCopy Free - copy files and preserve date-time and attributes

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SafeCopy Free! - Freeware utility for Windows to copy files and folders from one location to another and preserve or modify file attributes and date-time stamps.

Interface

File or folder can be submitted for copy operation by dropping into the Source frame while navigating Explorer directories. The destination folder can be set the same manner.

Copy files and keep modified/created/accessed date/time stamps

SafeCopy Free utility. The main window.

Portable utility

You can run the utility by clicking the executable file, no setup required. You can store it on USB flash drive or other portable device.

Command line mode

safecopyfree <source_path> <destination_path> [switch1] [switchN]

Source path - specifies the path to folder or file to copy.
Destination path - specifies the location of new file(s)/folder(s)

Switches

/t - copies only directory structure without files (including empty directories and subdirectories.
/r - copies subdirectories.
/f - copies folder itself.

Attribute switches

Attribute switch syntax: [/Attribute[+|-]] - Forces utility to set or reset attribute. By default SafeCopy Free! Trying to keep attributes while copying files.

Date-time switches

/c<date> - sets Created date-time on files and folders.
/m<date> - sets Modified date-time on files and folders.
/a<date> - sets Accessed date-time on files and folders.

Group of date-time switches

You can assign new date-time value to several date-time stamps using one switch. Just combine letters c m a in one switch as shown below.

/cma<date> - sets Created, Accessed and Modified date-time on files and folders to the specified date-time.
/cm<date> - sets Created and Modified date-time on files and folders to the specified date-time.

Valid date-time strings are:
2017-10-01t09:12:00 - 01 October 2017 09 hour 12 minutes 00 seconds. You can specify date-time without delimitres: 20171001091200

Examples

To copy contents (with subfolders) of d:\source_path to drive e:\ and keep all date-time stamps and attributes, use following command-line:

C:\SafeCopyFree d:\source_path e:\ /r

Command-line to copy contents of d:\source_folder to the e:\destination_folder and set specified Created date-time and keep attributes:

C:\SafeCopyFree d:\source_folder e:\destination_folder /c2017-10-01t09:12:00

Windows Explorer and file date-time stamps

Windows Explorer's copy/move does not preserve date-time stamps for directories and files. The behavior of Windows Explorer when copy/move files or folders depends on the version of Windows in use.

Windows XP SP3

ModifiedAccessedCreated
NTFS Drive C: --> NTFS Drive D:
Copy file Keep Current date-time Current date-time
Move file Keep Current date-time Keep
Copy/move empty folder
or folder with files
Current date-time Current date-time Current date-time
NTFS Drive C: --> FAT16 or FAT32 Drive D:
Copy file Keep Current date Current date-time
Move file Keep Current date Keep
Copy/move empty folder
or folder with files
Current date-time Current date Current date-time

Windows 7

ModifiedAccessedCreated
NTFS Drive C: --> NTFS Drive D:
Copy file Keep Current date-time Current date-time
Move file Keep Current date-time Keep
Copy empty folder keep Current date-time Current date-time
Move empty folder keep Current date-time keep
Copy folder with files Current date-time Current date-time Current date-time
Move folder with files Current date-time Current date-time Keep
NTFS Drive C: --> FAT16 or FAT32 Drive D:
Copy file Keep Current date Current date-time
Move file Keep Current date Keep
Copy empty folder
or folder with files
Keep Current date Current date-time
Move empty folder
or folder with files
Keep Current date Keep

Windows 8.1

ModifiedAccessedCreated
NTFS Drive C: --> NTFS Drive D:
Copy file, copy folder Keep Current date-time Current date-time
Move file, move folder Keep Current date-time Keep
NTFS Drive C: --> FAT16 or FAT32 Drive D:
Copy file or folder Keep Current date Current date-time
Move file or folder Keep Current date Keep
NTFS Drive C: --> exFAT Drive D:
Copy file or folder Keep Current date-time Current date-time
Move file or folder Keep Current date-time Keep

Download the product  SafeCopy Free! v.2.6.1

Zipped File (760.50 kb)

To remove the product just delete application executable file. No uninstallation required.