If I use Time Machine to backup my Mac and then have to restore it later, will it retain the "Date Created" attribute of the files?


I can confirm that it does on OS X 10.9. I created a spreadsheet in November 2013, then deleted it a couple of weeks back. I've just restored it (because I didn't know the answer to this question!) and the Date Created says 17 November 2013.

Since Time Machine changes between OS X versions, I can't say that this will be the case for older versions, but I imagine it should be.

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  • Thank you! I believe that the Date Created field is the most important attribute of a file and this is a make or break if I decide to use OS X over Windows 8 in the future (Microsoft will have to pry Windows 7 from my cold, dead hands first). – NobleUplift Jan 20 '14 at 15:50
  • what about "date added" field? – ziggurism Nov 29 '18 at 20:46

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