Is there a way to to move all items from one document library in one site to another document library in another site where even the metadata like Created,Created Date,Modified,Modified Date,Assigned To etc are preserved?

  • Are they in the same site collection? Content and Structure will retain metadata, but must be in the same site collection.
    – wjervis
    Feb 21, 2014 at 13:32

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Before moving the file to the destination library, you will need to read the metadata associated with the files like Modified,Created,Author(I have given internal names of the fields) and then once the file is added to destination library, update the file with previous saved metadata and call SPListItem.SystemUpdate($false)


Roger Cormier (MSFT) has a blog post and a TechNet Gallery project that may help but may need some tweaking to your requirements to update the other (non-user) metadata. (Usual caveats apply & am presuming that MSFT posts do not usually disappear).

How to Copy SharePoint Documents Between Site Collections Using PowerShell

TechNet Gallery code & project:

Copy all SharePoint Files and Folders Using PowerShell (includes user metadata)


If Content and Structure doesn't work for your scenario (if you are moving content between site collections as @wjervis suggests in the comment), then you will need to use a 3rd party application like ShareGate or DocAve or something else (there are many solutions out there).

Unfortunately, PowerShell cmdlets are not going to help you either as export-spweb and import-spweb do not preserve created date, item created by, and modified date.

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