Why does the "Date Created" for the master database show such an old date?

I created the new instance today, not 2003.

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This is just an educated guess mind you, but I would assume it is the date the new master database was created at Microsoft for SQL Server 2005.

I checked SQL Server 2012, 2014 and 2016 and all have the exact same date/time.

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  • Agreed. This is simply Microsoft's default created date since the mdf/mdb files for default databases (master included) are "Copied" during the installation process. – MguerraTorres Jul 19 '16 at 19:45

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