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Modified vs. Accessed Time

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    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 Pro

    Modified vs. Accessed Time


    Can someone please explain the difference between modified and accessed time? I don't understand why some changes to a file affect the modified time but not the accessed time, while other operations change one or both.

    For instance, I've been updating the information in some of the FLAC (lossless music) files I have. Updating tag information affects the modified time and keeps the accessed time the same, yet updating the cover art changes the accessed time but keeps the modified time the same.

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Megalith,

    Accessed = Last time the file was opened, run, or accessed. Disabled by default. For more, on this, see: Last Access Timestamp - Enable or Disable in Windows - Windows 7 Forums


    Modified = Last time changes where made to the file. For example, editing a text file.


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thank you.

    I wonder why accessed times can still be changed under some circumstances even when it's disabled?
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    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    I think it depends on the specific way the file is being accessed.
    I don't know what that specific way.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,573
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome Megalith.

    Unless enabled, the accessed time usually only changes when the file is first created or saved to the computer, and sometimes when moved to a new location.
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