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An old program on floppy disks may be formatted to expect only floppy disks, or even to expect a certain number of disks. But there are a few things you can try.
Hi, Leo. I don't see this in the search but I have an old four-floppy disk program from Translator Pro. My new computer doesn't have a floppy drive so is it possible to transfer the four disk program to perhaps a single CD? Maybe it isn't possible as it is making a copy of a copyrighted program. I will never purchase a new version based on the cost/usage factor.
In this excerpt from Answercast #44 I look at the problems involved in trying to run an old program that was packaged in a multi-set of floppy disks.
By that I assume that you mean it's just not worth the cost to actually buy a current version of the program; and I totally understand that.
The short answer to your question is "Maybe." Unfortunately, it really depends on:
Exactly how the program's own setup program (if it has one) is set up;
Or how the program, itself, is setup.
The problem is that the program may be hard coded to expect a floppy drive - and only a floppy drive.
It may be hard coded to expect four different medias - so you might be able to copy to four CDs, (which is kind of a waste of media) but potentially it could work.
Now, what I have seen (and I've actually seen this quite often), is that there are two scenarios that are definitely worth exploring.
One is to create four folders on a CD:
A folder for disk one, a folder for disk two and a folder for disk three and disk four.
Copy the contents of each disk into those folders;
And then burn the CD with these four folders.
You may be able to run the program (or its setup) from the "disk one" folder. When it looks for the next floppy you may be able to direct it to the "disk two" folder.
Now, that's one approach.
The other approach, that sometimes works, is to:
Copy all of those files, from all four floppies, into a single folder;
Or, in fact, into the root of what you will eventually burn as your CD.
Sometimes that works. Unfortunately, there's no guarantee that one specific way is going to work or not. That's why I have to kind-of waffle... and I have to kind-of say these are the things you want to try.
Now, the one thing you haven't stated (that is kind of a pre-requisite for all of this) is that you have at least one machine, somewhere, that has a floppy drive that can read these four floppies - so you can actually do this.
I'm assuming you do because there's gotta be a way to get it to this other machine. But on the machine that has the floppy drive, these are the kinds of things you want to try:
Copy the contents into a single folder; burn that folder as a CD;
Copy the contents of each floppy into its own folder and then burn that set of four folders into a single CD
And otherwise you might be out of luck.
I'm not really sure that I've not encountered any other approaches to
solving this particular problem other than the two that I've just
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