Mea culpa . And, congratulations on your accomplishment! (Also, thank you. I'd been meaning to investigate this for a long time, but ... ) I believe you're correct--the DVR store its own timestamps (not relying on the filesystem ones). But, your example (for trimming leading/trailing excess) is clever, and prompted me to offer an assist. In addition, I like to preserve original information whenever possible. Myself, I would touch all those copied files (*.xm?, *.dmd, etc.) You mean, like parsing the date-time strings (from "ls -l")? Yuk. How about: "touch -r oldfile newfile" (which bestows newfile with oldfile's timestamps) Just above your Post #1 ... Thread Tools => Download this thread Since it was over a year ago that you first did this, has the procedure/methodology itself proved reliable? I was contemplating using this to consolidate/categorize various recordings (ie, Movies, Sports, Shows) on separate (smaller) drives. [I can solve the slow rt copy speed.] Thanks again.