DOS files on 750Kb floppys.

  S5W 19:54 27 Oct 2004

An old and respected friend has presented me with ninety eight floppys containing ten years of cherished memories which she wants me to "keep for posterity". I intend to copy the contents onto a DVD RAM disk but I am stuck. The floppys were all filled on a Canon Starwriter Personal Publishing System using DOS of which I am ignorant. My XP computer does not recognize the disks. Apart from printing thousands of pages of text on the Starwriter, scanning and transferring that way has anyone any advice. I should very much like to present her with a disk of her memories to pass on to her children.

  woodchip 20:35 27 Oct 2004

I think you will need a Win98 Comp with StarWriter

  woodchip 20:40 27 Oct 2004

This may help click here

  S5W 15:38 28 Oct 2004

Thank you all very much, I do apologize for the delay in answering I have to dip in here when I can. Now thanks to you all is revealed; my pc needed a change in the BIOS from 1.44Mb to 750Kb. I can now read them although text tends to merge but so far,12 disks into the job,everything is legible. My 'assistant' Mrs S5W is checking each floppy in the Starwriter and is up to forty odd with two so far unreadable; mechanical damage I think as they make grinding noises. Opening the files in wordpad makes no difference and I havent got microsoft office. Still, all's well that end well. It is very kind of you paperman27 to offer to explain DOS to me. After this episode I'll try to glean the knowledge from the web. I'm being a bit long winded because someone may have a similar problem in future.

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