Why?!?! Finder shows wrong Created date

Discussion in 'macOS' started by lostnomore, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. lostnomore macrumors newbie

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    I've had an issue that's been driving me CRAZY for years with OS X, every version since I started with Tiger in 2005, and it's when I'm in Finder and, regardless of view choice (I prefer Column view), I see a Created date for a file of 12-31-1969. For example, I'll be scrolling through thumbnails of photos that were all taken on the same date and some will show the correct Created date and others will show this 12-31-1969 date. YET WHEN I VIEW THE SAME FILES IN LIGHTROOM, for example, all of them will show the corrected Created date. So it's like the EXIF data is correctly displayed in Lightroom for when the photo was taken (or the file "created") but not in Finder. Again, very frustrating, and I'd finally like a solution as to how to fix this in Finder. Right now I'm trying to manually sort photos into folders by year and I'm going nuts!
     
  2. dyt1983 macrumors 65816

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    You could give a little more information on your situation. Are you looking at SD/CF cards, written by a camera, and then directly mounted on your Mac? Or are you looking at files that were transferred over from a camera using some utility?

    I'm sure it's clear that this works for other people--such a serious "bug" would certainly not exist for so long--so it's probably something particular to your setup.

    To address your Lightroom statement... it's because Lightroom is made to work with photos, and can read EXIF data. EXIF data isn't part of the file system so Finder doesn't show it, it basically shows its own metadata with a few exceptions. Windows has a different philosophy, it shows the metadata from within a wide range of known file types (MP3s, JPGs, etc.).
     
  3. lostnomore thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry for the late reply - had a rather busy weekend. Anyhow, I remember reading a snippet somewhere about people who've moved files from Windows to Mac having this issue. And sure enough, anything from my pre-Mac days, 2004 and earlier, has this file created date, whether Word/Excel files and any manner of photo file. But it's more complicated than that. I have a bunch .PEF Pentax RAW and jpgs that have this same 12-31-1969 created date from before I had to move all my files from my Mac Mini to a new MacBook Pro in 2010. OS X didn't allow the whatever-it's-called feature (Sync?) to connect two Macs with Firewire to set up the new Mac, so I manually backed up all my files onto an external drive then copied them onto my new Mac. So those are the only 2 factors I can think of that cause Finder to be very irritating in this regard.
     

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