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Extracting old files from computer discs.

My original computer was a TRS80 colour computer, and I used a word processing program called VIP WRITER. I have a pile of the LARGE floppy discs filled with material which I'd like to open up, convert, and save to the SMALL floppy discs...in today's computer language. I'm fairly sure that it was originally in MS.DOS??? Can anyone help me to do this? I have another computer with large and small floppy disc drives to do the conversion on, but it has no USB terminal. I hope that you can help. Thanks.
Regards, John, South Australia.

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  • John McGregor Oct 03, 2008

    Thank you for your reply. I'm sorry if I was a bit airy-fairy in my description. I have another, second computer, with the two drives on it, which I want to use to do JUST this conversion, but, because the information on the large disc is in another "language"(MS.DOS...ASCII ???), I can't even OPEN the large 5" floppies. It seems that I need some sort of a program which will convert the stuff on the 5" disc into another format that I can copy onto the 3" disc or the hard drive, and then print off. I've installed XP on this computer. I know it can be done, for a mate did it a few years, but he has since died...and the conversion program with him. I hope that this helps you. I've got so much stuff on these discs that I want to see again. Regards, John.

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I am not sure if I understand, but in the second statement you said that you have another large computer with large and small disc drives. Can you still open up the 5.25 inch foppy discs, and save it to that computer, and later extract it off using 3 inch floppy?

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  • J. May Oct 03, 2008

    I realize that the following may just be additional information for you to have to filter through, but this link has a ton of information and programs for (I believe) free download that will give you the ability to support DOS software, and do everything from print to converting.



    http://www.freedos.org/



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