Transfer of Files

  amyjen7 11:56 27 May 2007

My wife teaches children with severe learning difficulties and over the years has built up a library of stories suitable to their needs. Her PC is over 15 years and she is worried she may loose them one day so would like to put them on my PC. I run Windows XP Home Edition with Microsoft Works 2003. She runs Windows 98 and the files are on both Lotus Word Pro97 and Microsoft Works 4.0 We both have floppy disks. Can you in simple terms explain how this can be done?

Thank you

  Diodorus Siculus 11:58 27 May 2007

Save them as plain text files if that is possible (obviously not if they have lots of images) and then Works 2003 will be able to open them.

  Diodorus Siculus 12:00 27 May 2007

By the way, what pc does she have from 1992 running Win98? Must be beginning to creak somewhat :)

  Binary Ghost (the only Paul) 12:08 27 May 2007

might be worth investing in a flash drive, if shes got that many stories, it will be a pain using floppys

  wee eddie 14:43 27 May 2007

or a Network Port which looks something like this:

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If it has you're in luck

  silverous 14:49 27 May 2007

"might be worth investing in a flash drive, if shes got that many stories, it will be a pain using floppys"

Although a PC that is 15 years old is unlikely to have a USB interface to support it?

I think the key is how big the files are and what kind of content is in them.

If there are 300 files of 10k each then a few floppies should suffice. If the files are mostly plain text then as per Diodorus Siculus that is the best format for transfer.

Not sure how well Works 2003 will open those file formats, but I suspect Office 2000/2003/XP would be better able to.

  mocha 22:28 27 May 2007

I would copy over, using a floppy, 5 or 6 stories in Microsoft Works 4 format and see if your Works 2003 can read the files, it should be able to, most are backward compatible. If not go on microsoft office web site and download the relevant converter.

I would copy the files over anyway as a hard drive that has been working for 15 years is hardly likely to last much longer.

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