Change creation date of the files in Finder

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  1. macrumors 6502a

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    Hello,

    I am attempting to change the "Created Date" of some of my files, using the terminal command "touch". While I can successful change the modification date, the created date remains unaltered.

    Am I doing something wrong?

    Here's the command I am using: "touch -t 1305180000 /PathToFile"

    PS: touch -mt does the same thing.


    Any suggestion?
     
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    apunkrockmonk

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    Copy the files. The copies will have the moment you copied them as their new creation date.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is there any other quicker way? I mean quicker because I AM talking about copying mkv files for my wd tv live hub and it sort its files by the creation date... :/

    Thanks for tour help!
     
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    apunkrockmonk

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    Unfortunately not that I am aware of.

    What makes you want to change the creation date?
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    as I have said, I use a WD TV LIVE HUB to watch my .mkv's in my tv. I sort the files by the creation date, so they're listed in the top of the row, meaning I can access them easier.
    When I download some files, the creation date is from months ago, so they are in the middle or even in the end of my list, meaning I have to search all over my library to find them.

    Changing the creation date to today's date or even yesterday's date will put my files in the top of the file's row, making it easier to find.

    So, no terminal tricks for that??
     
  6. macrumors 603

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    Can you sort by modification date?

    If so, do that. Then use the touch command to change that date.

    If you can't sort by modification date, exactly what sorting options do you have? I don't have a WD TV LIVE HUB, but I do know what file-dates 'touch' can affect. Creation date is not one of them.
     
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    apunkrockmonk

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    I haven't personally tried this app called file date changer but it may be worth a shot.

    Seems to have mixed reviews though.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I will take a look at those options guys, thanks!
     

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