Tonycooper3 Don't know if I can be of any help but I had the same problem a couple of years ago and asked the same question and got not alot of help. I had saved docs to floppies that had been written with Works fo Windows. The only way I could open them was by finding my old copy of Works and reinstalling it. However you say you are trying to open your docs with the same programme that you wrote them with.
The only other suggestion is to go to the drop down menu in Files of Type at the bottom of the Word open box and work your way down the list of file types.
Hi, Yeah all the file names are there on the disk, and I can drag them onto the desktop/save them to folders on my harddrive. However, whether I open the docs on the disk itself, or on the desktop they are still just a jumble of symbols.
Are you using Windows 98? It sounds like when you saved the files originally it was in FAT16, now you've reformatted you could have re-formatted in FAT32, in which case it will cause you a problem. I'm not sure how to reverse it at the moment, but someone else might.