what converter for win95 to win XP a:data

April 13, 2011 at 04:38:04
Specs: Windows XP
I need to get the data from old windows 95 A: drive 3 1/2 floppy to my windows XP but as yet not getting on well. Have been told I need a converter, does anyone know a free version or how much will it cost?

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#1
April 13, 2011 at 08:46:23
Are you trying to read a 3 1/2" floppy disk? If so, first verify if the disk is double density (DD) or high density (HD). Some floppy drives may not be able to read the DD type, which is 720KB capacity.

Do you have an internal floppy drive in a computer with a working version of Windows on it? If so, post the model of that computer and the computer you wish to get the data to.


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#2
April 13, 2011 at 11:57:03
I had an ollivete computer new with win 95 then there was a problem with the electrics in our street and it went wrong and the floppy discs went into storage. Now I have a win XP with an internal floppy drive but I dont think it's the same as it brings up the names of the files but when I try to read them they look like boxes and YY's.
They are HD as it say's on the floppy.
When I do try and open them it say's download import converter but can't do it as I don't have a CD rom with this computer as it's secondhand.

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#3
April 13, 2011 at 12:59:10
I don't think the issue is the floppy drive. I think the files were written by some program that you don't have on your new computer.

So, do you know what kind of files are on the floppies? Are they possibly files created by a word processing program? Back in 1995 you may have had something like Ami Pro or Word perfect.

You need to identify what they are in order to recommend what to do.


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#4
April 13, 2011 at 14:12:42
will try and find out and get back to you.

Thanks


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#5
April 13, 2011 at 17:23:41
right click and see if properties is one of the options given.

larry


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#6
April 13, 2011 at 17:56:40
Aren't the disks labeled with the file names or something? As was suggested, try right clicking on the floppy drive while one the the floppy disks is inserted and choose properties. May yield something.

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#7
April 14, 2011 at 00:46:16
Have right clicked and in properties it says file system is FAT.
But am looking up my old system to find out what program was used.
Just had a look at tech data and am sure it was wordperfect. ver 6.a
Amanda

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#8
April 14, 2011 at 04:45:15
What word processing program is installed on the computer you are using to read those disks?

Microsoft Word has conversion files you may need to install in order to read the disks. If you have MS Works I don't think it can read those disks.

If you have Works, which is likely, try downloading Open Office, which is free and works well. The first link below is for the download of Open Office. The second link may help you in the conversion process.

http://download.openoffice.org/

http://user.services.openoffice.org...


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#9
April 15, 2011 at 12:21:12
What is it that you're trying to do with these floppies? I mean, I know you're trying to copy the data from the floppies to the hard drive on your XP machine, but then what?

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