Opening files from a floppy disc

April 30, 2010 at 03:55:02
Specs: Windows Vista

Firstly apologies for mixing up the category/OS etc. This was the easiest thing to do, to post.


I have some old floopy discs with document files formatted to the Sharp PA-W1200 standard. Foolishly, as I have done with other files saved in other formats I thought I could plug my USB floppy drive into my laptop operating Vista and extract and move to my hard drive and hey presto.

However on inserting the floppy disk my PC reads that the disks need to be formatted. Not a format that the computer understands.

I know there are files on the discs and opened them in the pre-historic word processor.

I have also tried to save the files in the ASCII and Word Perfect file options that the word processor allows but also to no avail.

Is there are work around or should I be considering using these 6 disc as table top coasters.

Any help would be apprciated. Many thanks.

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April 30, 2010 at 08:17:38
files are files. doesn't matter the format you saved them in.

That is not what the "do you want to format the disk" error is about.

What this is about is the tracks layed out by the original old floppy drive are not being read the same in the usb floppy drive.

Ideally you would put these old floppy's in the old floppy drive and use a different method to transfer them to your newer computer. Or perhaps exchange the drive in the usb caddy with the one these were written on.

When compatibility is an issue just save the files as text. You lose formatting but you don't lose the data.

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April 30, 2010 at 09:12:26
Ok, First the "Sharp PA-W1200" is an old Word Processor that had no OS. Its MBR will be proprietary to Sharp and unreadable on a PC. You may be able to download or talk to someone at Sharp that can suggest a tool to read the disk. If no response as I would suspect there would be, then you can use a Bit Reader that will read the raw data off of the disk.

Now, Last and you are not going to like this, Floppy Disks only have a life expectancy of about 3 years. If you disk is older than this then chances are you may have some data loss. I feel your pain if this is the case because I just recently went back to some of my old Archive CDs which where 10 years old and refreshed them to new CDs because I knew their shelf life was almost up and I ran into a couple that had lost some files I wanted to keep.

So I said all of that just to say don't get your hopes up but here is some sites that may help you...

Be aware this kind of data retrieval is done by experts and may be a little over your head. You may want to take the disk to a data retrieval company.

You may have to setup a Linux box for this because there are more tools out there for Linux.

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April 30, 2010 at 09:24:24

Thank you both for your help. Some good advice and I really appreciate it.

The discs, as of last night opened and read the files on the golden oldie Sharp word processor so fingers crossed I might be able do something with them as they still work at the moment....


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April 30, 2010 at 14:30:34
Well if you still have the old Word Processor then you should be able to print the document out then scan it into the computer with a Scanner then do an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on the document to get it into Word.

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