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'Date Last Opened' dates suddenly disappeared when reading files on my USB drive on Mac

I have a lot of TV show video files on a 2TB USB hard drive and I usually keep track of what I have watched by using the "Last Opened" dates. However, all the "Last Opened" dates are suddenly disappeared. I have tried opening the USB drive using Big Sur (on iMac) & also Mojave (o MacBook Pro) but the problem persists. When I open a file, it does now add a "Date Opened." So it is recording new openings but seems to have lost its history. The "Modified" date did not change as the file has only been opened but not edited. Any suggestions on how to get the dates back?

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iBoysoft author Jenny Zeng

Jenny Zeng

Answered on Monday, February 19, 2024

Check whether your USB drive is set to display files with dates they were lastly opened first. To do this, open your USB drive, select View > Show View Options, then check the box next to "Date Last Opened." If you also want to categorize files on your USB by their last opened dates, select "Date Last Opened" in the drop-down menu next to "Group by."

If your Mac is already configured to show the last opened date and time, try rebooting your Mac to see if the dates appear. Besides, you can delete the DS_Store files to restore the saved custom view preferences to the default then rearrange your view settings to show the lastly opened date.

For the detailed steps, read this guide: DS_Store Files (What & How to Open,Hide,Delete & Disable)

If it doesn't work, copy some files to another functioning drive. If the dates show up, your USB drive may have disk issues and it's recommended to run Disk Utility First Aid to repair it. If the dates don't appear, the files may be corrupted.

Read Also:

How to Run Disk Utility First Aid to Repair Disks on Mac


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