need program to read info from my old word processor floppy

February 3, 2012 at 17:30:29
Specs: Windows 7
I have a group of floppies that I'll like to open with my laptop. these files were recorded with a word processor (the typewriter type) and need to collect this info to my laptop. how can i do it.

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#1
February 3, 2012 at 17:39:45
Knowing more about the disk may help.

It may be possible to use some operating system to dump the data off the floppy. It may have to be dumped raw like using cat /dev/floppy/raw or something like that.

Best would be that they are in some format that can still be read.

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#2
February 3, 2012 at 18:19:03
thanks. i'll give more info in refernce to these floppies. maybe you can help me to get a program or device to read them. i have worthy info in them that i need to copy. thanks.

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#3
February 3, 2012 at 18:29:21
Realize, also, that if the floppies are very old or were created with an old word-processor (the hardware kind), that there may be little chance of retrieving them. It would help to know specifically what created them, if possible...

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February 3, 2012 at 19:31:43

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#5
February 4, 2012 at 16:16:47
Without knowing what format, it is hard to tell, but Openoffice.org (free download) can open any office type document format that I know of under nearly any operating system. Openoffice can resave in any modern office format so if it can open it, you are all set. Of course, if it is a truly proprietary format and one that died many years ago, the chances are pretty slim.

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#6
February 4, 2012 at 17:05:58
MS Word has the ability to read text from any file. You will lose any formatting but at least you wont have to retype it all.

Try opening the file in notepad. If you can see any readable text MS Word should be able to recover it.

If is just a jumble of unreadable characters then you are going to have problems unless you know exactly what created the file in the first place.

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#7
February 5, 2012 at 10:11:34
"these files were recorded with a word processor (the typewriter type)"

I suspect the OP means something like this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:H...

If so, then it's unlikely any current "software word processor" (MSWord, OpenOffice, etc.) will import (or even read) that format. As jefro suggested, it may be able to dump them in a format that may be able to be manipulated.

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#8
February 6, 2012 at 07:48:50
Hi, will like to thanks all of you guys outhere for all the rich info I got from you. i'm not really a bug on the comps. but, i write every worthy documentation on my LT and will like to transport the floppie to my fieles. The help was "magnific"
THANKS AGAIN.


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