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Does Dropbox keep the original modification date?

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Does Dropbox keep the original modification date?

Explorer | Level 4

Does Dropbox maintain the original file modified date when a file is uploaded? If so, how do you see it?

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Re: date modified

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If you're uploading to the site directly on the browser, then yes, you'll have today's date.

 

If you're moving the files into a Dropbox folder on your machine, then the OS should keep the original dates, and those are the dates that will appear on the Dropbox site when they sync up.


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Re: date modified

Dropboxer

Hi @agundlach, thanks for messaging the Community!

 

This depends on how you sync the file to your account, and how the file is edited or saved. Generally, if a file in the Dropbox folder, and is then edited and saved, the modification date of the file would change to the current time.

 

Uploading any file from your machine to the Dropbox site would make the modification date to be that moment, even if the file was created on a different date.

 

You should be able to see the original creation date of the file according to Dropbox in the version history of the file itself.

 

If you need any more info, please let me know.


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Explorer | Level 4

Thank you, Jay! I am planning to upload several years' worth of files to Dropbox to store as an archive. Does this mean that the "modified date" of each file will be the date of upload, and I will lose all of the historical dates of my files last edits?

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Re: date modified

Dropboxer

If you're uploading to the site directly on the browser, then yes, you'll have today's date.

 

If you're moving the files into a Dropbox folder on your machine, then the OS should keep the original dates, and those are the dates that will appear on the Dropbox site when they sync up.


Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
https://dropbox.com/support


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