Commodore File Conversions

 

Do you have some important word processor files from your Commodore days that you’d like to convert to PC format?

We can help! We can convert almost any Commodore word processor file to a text file that you can load and edit with any PC word processor.    

We’re good, but we’re slow. We try to complete your project within two weeks of receiving your disks.

Sometimes we’re really slow. Our technician has numerous other responsibilities. But let’s face it – you’ve probably waited years to get access to these files again, so what’s another month or two?

Some other important information about these conversions:

The program used to convert Commodore (CBM) files to PC format only accepts 8-character file names. It will use the first 8 characters of the file name. It will eliminate spaces and most non-letter characters such as hyphens (-). For example, Summer Trip will be renamed Summertr.

If two or more CBM files have similar names, and the names are longer than eight characters (such as Summer Trip 1, Summer Trip 2, etc.), we will rename them (for example, Summert1, Summert2, etc.) The numbers on the translated files may not necessarily match the numbers in the CBM file names.

When the files are renamed manually, we add the extension .txt. For files which have NO extension, you can do any of the following:

1. Rename them to add .txt to the end. They can then be opened in Notepad, Wordpad, or any PC word processor.

2. Right click on the file, select OPEN, and choose the program to use (best choice is your usual word processor).  

3. Open them from within your word processor using the normal File/Open method.

Once loaded into your word processor, they can be edited and renamed as desired.

Many times, your converted files will have garbage characters at the beginning of the first page, and possibly elsewhere in the file. These are usually Commodore formatting instructions which have no equivalent when converted; you can just delete them.

What about confidentiality? We have no interest in reading your files (we barely have time to read the newspaper). However, we will open two or three files from each disk in Microsoft Word to verify that the files converted to readable text.

Prices: 1 to 5 disks: $10 Additional disks $2 each

Shipping $5 (Converted files will be sent to you by Email or on a CD-ROM. If you don’t want your Commodore disks back, and can receive the files by Email, there is no shipping charge.)

By the way, if we can't recover the information on a disk, we can refer you to Sellam Ismail at http://www.vintage.org, who has the sophisticated equipment and the resources of the Computer History Museum in order to recover data.

Send Email for information, pricing details, where to send your disk etc.

 

 

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Updated February 10, 2010