Recover Data from a 3.5 Floppy Disc

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  1. DJ Jack macrumors newbie

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    I found some 3.5 Floppy Disc created on a windows computer that I would like to retrieve the data from. I would like to have access to the data on my MacBookPro 2013, running High Sierra 10.13.2. Does anyone know how to do that? Thanks.
     
  2. mathepac macrumors newbie

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  3. DJ Jack thread starter macrumors newbie

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    They are Word docs created on an ancient PC.
     
  4. mathepac macrumors newbie

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    Should not pose a problem. Best of luck, any hiccoughs give us a call
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    You have "two steps" in front of you.

    The first is to find a way to transfer the files from 3.5" floppy media to the Mac.
    The second is to read the old files and get them into a modern app.

    I just went to ebay and entered "usb 3.5" floppy drive" into the search box.
    I found several devices in the $10-15 range.
    I will -guess- that this will work -- have never tried accessing old floppies on a modern Mac, not sure if there are drivers to run the floppy drives in the latest iterations of the OS. Perhaps someone else can help with this.

    Another way might be to take the old floppies to a PC that still has a floppy drive, and copy the files to a USB flash drive, then take that to the Mac.
    Is there a PC repair shop anywhere nearby that might be able to do this?

    Once you have the files ON the Mac, you can try using MS Word to read them.
    If Word -won't- read them, don't despair.

    Try downloading the latest copy of "LibreOffice" (it's free).
    Libre has an amazing set of translators built into it, and can read files from "way way back".

    Another trick:
    Have the icon for Text Edit in your dock.
    Then, drag-n-drop the old Word file onto the Text Edit icon.
    It may open the file. You'll have to "clean up" the garbage characters, but the text may "be there".
     
  6. jeyf macrumors 65816

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    best in show (good advice)

    alternative method:
    contact a friend that works for the federal government. Dosnt have to be anything dramatic all of them still use floppy disks. its the large 8" type right?
     
  7. DJ Jack thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you everyone. A friend of mine was able to move the data from the 3.5 Floppy to a drive. And I was able to open the files on my Mac.
     

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