Desperation

I’m desperate. I’ve got at least ten floppy disks that have a lot of our photos from Europe on them. We’re talking pictures from 1997 and 1998. OLD. Do you remember what floppy disks are? Back in the day I had the pictures developed at York Photo labs and they sent me these floppies with the images on them, saved as .pic files.

Well, my computer doesn’t recognize .pic files. I contacted York and the suggested that I use file conversion software. So I tried that tonight. It seems that my files may be corrupted for some reason.

My next step, I’m guessing, is to use something like Bad Copy Pro to try to restore the possibly corrupted files. BUT, I don’t know if this will work for image files…and it’s about late:30 right now so I don’t have time to try. Has anyone every used software to save corrupted files? Is it a pipe dream?

I’m desperate and will pay you my yearly salary* if you can help me get to these images!!!!!!!!! See how many exclamation points I used!!!!!!!!! I’m serious!!!!!!!! We’re talking memories of Germany, France, Austria, Italy, who knows where all.

Please, please, please tell me you can help me or that you know this guy who used to hack into burnt disks destroyed by Soviet spies trying to cover their tracks as a hobby and is now looking for a little extra work. I’m desperate.

*Oh, I’m a SAHM so I don’t make much. Not anything really. But you’ll have my undying gratitude and I may just name my next kid after you. Oh wait, we’re not having any more kids. How about our next pet…

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17 thoughts on “Desperation

  1. Getting ready to send you my post now. That said, you don’t have a floppy drive anymore, right? Or is your drive just not recognizing the files? What about Walgreens? Would one of their machines recognize the file types? They might be able to burn them onto a CD if so.

    I’d hate to think those memories were lost. You’re now my poster child for why it’s important to drag out those old files every now and then before it’s too late to work within their current program. 🙂

  2. I would suggest getting in touch with a local company in your area that works on computers. Do some checking around to make sure they are reliable first. Then approach them and see if they can convert what is on the floppy to a disc. We use a small company here in town that are very good and can do anything. Someone who builds computers could probably help you also. If you have a University or College in your area you might get in touch with the Computer Technology department (don’t know the proper name for it) they could either help you or send you to someone who could.

  3. I’ve heard of lots of people who have used file recovery software and had excellent results… however, it’s always been on a memory card, not on a floppy. I don’t know any of them right off hand, but I’ll see if I can dig some links up for you and I’ll email them to you.

  4. My sister had some old 8mm film that Walmart put on a DVD for her. Walmart’s Kodak machines has a slot for floppy’s. I’m not sure if it’ll work but it might. I found your blog on BATW and was just visiting. I’ll be back. Have a great weekend.

  5. So, you have a floppy drive, but the pictures are in .pic format and you don’t have a program that recognizes them?

    If yes, email me because I have an old computer (with old files and a floppy) that I keep for just the purpose of getting old pictures off of floppies and onto a CD, but it is taking forever. If you want, you could send me one floppy and I could see if it works? vixen at vixensden dot com

  6. Have you tried opening them in paint? I’m at a loss as to what you can do here. I even spent some time searching through google to try and solve your dilemma, but it seems like most people have left their floppies back in 1998. 😦

    Sorry Vicki – I hope someone has an answer for you!

  7. Oh, floppies! I wouldn’t know what to do…probably contact a professional! I have something, though, over at my place for you that will soothe your senses and help you focus on the problem…come by today to see! 🙂

  8. i hope you get this all sorted out. i know that would be frustrated. as resident computer geek in the house, joey gets all the work (and the blame when things go wrong) for keeping all of our pictures. i’ll have to give him an extra thanks for that today.

  9. If you run out of options from the suggestions above, try one of the services that puts photos on DVD. There’s a guy here in town that is listed under the video section in the phone book and he mainly copies VHS to DVD, old film to DVD, etc., but he also puts old disks on DVD for slideshows so he has access to putting really old footage and pictures on disk. Good luck and keep us updated!

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