Discrepancy in Word Document Dates
There is another way to create a document that will result in "the Created Date on the disk is earlier than the Document Birth time". Working on an existing document and then saving it on top of itself using the Save As feature. By on top of itself I mean to don't create a new document. The filesystem create date remains the same while the document "birth" date is when the document was saved.
Thanks Corey. As Jacalz said, this sounds more probable to me as well. It is silly that it didn't occur to me even though I have done the exact thing numerous times.
All your responses were great and the stuff regarding the metadata was good intel. Thank you very much for sharing.