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IBM Wheelwriter Diskette Question

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by hemyd, Apr 16, 2007.

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  1. hemyd

    hemyd Guest

    Hi,

    I have a customer who wants to retrieve data from an IBM Wheelwriter 70,
    Series II, Model 6789 Typewriter 3.5 inch diskettes. I do not have any of
    these diskettes. I would assume they'd be a much lower capacity than the
    standard 1.4meg, and probably non DOS. Does anyone have any suggestions how
    such data can be retrieved?

    Henry Mydlarz
    Melbourne
    Australia
     


  2. Finding someone with a working Wheelwriter to print the files might
    be your only option.


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    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     
  3. Guest

    I have no experience or otherwise of this company, but

    http://www.pivar.com

    in the US appear to offer data conversion services (they list
    IBM WHEELWRITER 70 SERIES II in their formats available)

    Tim
     
  4. Try downloading OmniFlop and using it.
     

  5. Put on your seat belt before asking their prices.


    --
    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     
  6. hemyd

    hemyd Guest

    Thank you for your advice, guys!

    Henry Mydlarz
     
  7. Guest


    Most floppy WP machines were either DOS compatible filesystems or
    close enough to be able to read the files one way or another on a PC.

    What you cant read in most cases is the formatting commands. They'll
    be there but are usually not compatible with any standard PC WP
    format. So you can get the text content off, but the embedded
    formatting commands generally end up lost.


    Putting the flop in a PC will usually enable reading all the files. If
    lucky they'll read right. If semi-lucky you'll end up with bits of
    files tacked onto other files. If unlucky you'll need to copy the
    floppy .iso image and work from that. Always keep each floppyful in
    its own separate folder, as some files may have bits missing and
    attached to other files.

    Once youve got your disc contents onto PC, 'Canopener' will strip what
    you've got of the junk, leaving just the text content. It often takes
    2 or 3 goes to get the filter settings right.
    http://www.abbottsystems.com/


    NT
     
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