Spinnaker Better Working Eight-in-One

February 18, 2011 at 16:09:03
Specs: Windows XP, EMachine/1GB
Anyone out there who used this old intergraded software? I have old database files from years ago I need to get into. Using the 1987 version of EIO, they were created and saved on 3.5 floppies. The file extensions are .DEF, .DBF, .DBT, .NDX, .RP.

Using 3.5 floppy drive I was able to load and open the 1992 version. I find that the 1992 version wants to load a file *.WDF and does not recognize *.DBF, so obviously I am unable to open the old files.

When I tried to load the 1987 version, I get a "disk not formatted" error.

My OS is Windows XP SP3

Here are my questions:

First, would an old DOS program like EIO 1987 run under Windows XP?

If so, what can I do to get around the “not formatted” message?

If not, is there any place that will run old programs and export the data to a common database format such as *.tab, *.csv, etc?

Should I hunt around for an old DOS computer or is there another inventive way to get this done?

Any help will be greatly appreciated

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February 18, 2011 at 16:37:38
not formatted means the floppy disk can't be read. Floppy media only retains data for a year or so then begins to degrade. Floppies were only meant to transfer data not store it long term

most use virtualization [virtual pc from Microsoft or vmware workstation both of which are free downloads last I checked] to emulate dos and run these programs. You need some memory in xp to do this but with 1gig you should be fine.

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February 18, 2011 at 21:20:35
Thank you for your response.

My program disk may not be valid over all these years. However, do you think this old DOS program - EIO 1987 - would run under Windows XP if it was not corrupted or otherwise degraded?

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February 21, 2011 at 19:05:18
Thanks for your reply.


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