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    Transferring Old Data Files

    I am new at this, so if I am hard to read, please excuse. I recently replaced my old computer, which used Windows 95, with one that has Windows XP/Pro. Most of my files I was able to transfer using floppy discs that I had backed up on, but I have 2 large files that were put on a preformatted data form in Works for Windows. Specifically, I used an existing template in Works to inventory our CDs--one for classical (75KB) and one for jazz and pops (85KB). When I tried to open the copied files, I got a bunch of y's and little white boxes, along with those words I had entered on the record pages. I have looked for clues on how to do this in Windows XP for Dummies, which I recently bought, but nothing I tried worked. I still have the file on the hard drive of the old computer, so I could change the present .wdb file format, I think, if that is necessary. Can someone help me complete the transfer to my new computer? Thank you. Jeanne Crose

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    Re: Transferring Old Data Files

    Welcome to Woody's Lounge!

    To open the .wdb files directly on the new Windows XP machine, you would need to have Microsoft Works installed on it.
    If you can't or won't install Works on the new machine, you will have to convert the files on the old Windows 95 machine to .csv (or .txt) format. You may lose some of the formatting, but you should be able to import the data into any program that can open text files, such as Excel or Access, or even Word.

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    Re: Transferring Old Data Files

    Depending on what software you have installed on the new box, you could preserve it fully as an Access DB. See:
    How to import a Works database file into Access 2000 database
    If you don't have Office on the new box and want to use the .CSV export format, there are a number of <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> .CSV databases out there. A nice small app is dbEdit.

    Alan

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    Re: Transferring Old Data Files

    Dear Alan: Thanks for replying to me so quickly about my problem on transferring data filed from Works to Windows Office. I did attempt to follow your instructions, and put dbEdit on my system without problem, but when I tried to follow the instructions about exporting the file and converting it to a .CSV file. nothing happened. I went through the copy file procedure, then directed the copy to go to dbEdit, and there the process broke down. At any rate, thank you for taking the time and trouble to suggest a solution. Jeanne Crose.

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    Re: Transferring Old Data Files

    Hi Jeanne

    Sorry to hear the export didn't work for you. I'm not too familiar with Works - maybe you could post the specific export problem on the MS Works board and get a solution there.

    Good luck

    Alan

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