sitting comfortably ? Then I'll begin .."
Most shop assistants
these days are younger than the average PCW so they will likely never
even have heard of those venerable beasts, let alone know about the
possibility of converting discs or files to suit a PC
or an Apple Mac. But yes, it
convert LocoScript files (whether on 3" or 3.5" disc and from
any version, including Loco 4) so that they can be read
processing programs like Microsoft Word. The even better news is that we can do
all this without losing
all your document formatting
LocoScript files to 'text only' (ASCII) files. This means that you loose all
your precious formatting, including all those lovely bolds,
italics and foreign language accents. We
do not - our method
keeps your text enhancements and as much as is possible of your
per file - we charge per complete disc, however full it is.
files which are difficult to load on a PC and could easily corrupt your hard disc
if double clicked on in Windows. Our 'Easy Read'
system is both simple and safe for all levels of PC user.
ask for advance payment with order. We
invoice on completion as we make no charge for discs which transpire be empty or
purely program discs.
reject damaged or corrupt discs.
We DO accept problem discs ... and we make
NO additional charge for evaluation & initial data retrieval
fully confidential disc transfer service keeps all your document
formatting and is suitable for the vast majority of DOS, Mac and
Windows-based word processors. Post-transfer support comes
in the form of a comprehensive and widely acclaimed step by step instruction & tips
document as well as free support by e-mail.
and we're about the cheapest professional service too!
PCW Disc Formats
We can accept :
double density CF2 3" discs from the PCW 8256, 8512 and
double and high
density 3.5" discs from all flavours of PCW, be they 9256, 9512+
or 10, which had 3.5" disc drives from the outset, or older
8256/8512/9512 models which have been fitted with replacement
which have already been transferred 'as is' to PC on PC floppy,
CD or by e-mail attachment(s), including .IMG disc image files.
we can no longer accept single
sided (173k/180k) 3.5" discs from non-standard single head 3½" 8256/8512
File Formats accepted
LocoScript - all versions (1, 2, 3
- and it doesn't matter if discs contain some
files in one version and some in another.
- versions 1, 2 and 3. Again they can be mixed and it's no
problem if they are on the same disc as
'system files' - such as saved phrases,
bits of the LocoScript program and printer definition files - are not
converted as they are not relevant to the PC environment.
files (erased files and previous edits held in the PCW's "Recycle
- Erased files can also be recovered & converted by selecting
the option on the Conversion Request Form but we reserve the right to make
an additional charge for this service if there are more than just a few per disc.
- Previous Edits (back-ups) are recovered and converted as part of the data
recovery process when the corresponding
Active file contains serious errors.
of the converted files
1/2/3/4 Files -
These are normally converted
to the MS Word for Windows
2 (.Doc) format, Word 95 (.Doc) and Rich Text Format (.Rtf)
which between them suit just about every known Windows word processing
program. As each of the 3 formats has its merits according to software in use
and the way the doc has been laid out so you
can choose the one that's best for you for each doc.
request, we can also convert to suit LocoScript
PC, Word Perfect for DOS, Windows
Write and many more.
note however that currently we are unable correctly to convert LocoScript
text that is in Greek, Cyrillic (Russian) or Old Icelandic or any other
characters that have been obtained by switching keyboard layouts.
use a format which can be very quickly & simply read by:
Note - For those wanting to
use Microsoft Access, it's best firstly to open a file in Excel then import the
resulting Spreadsheet into a new
Access Table via the 'Get External Data' command.
The base price is
for ALL the
files on one complete disc (that means BOTH sides of a 173k CF2 disc from an 8256/8512).
quantity discounts for 6 or more error-free discs are -
- 6 to 10 is
- 11 - 15 it's £6.50
- 16 - 20 it's £5.75 and
- 21 - 30 it's £5.00.
quantities still, please e-mail or call for a quote.
ever rising costs, we have had to introduce a minimum disc conversion charge
of £10 (excluding any P&P or data recovery charges)
All prices quoted include
e-mailing the results worldwide.
For results on CD, there is no extra charge
if the total conversion cost exceeds £35, otherwise the extra is £2.50 to
addresses in UK & Europe (incl Republic of Ireland) or £3.00 to outside
For results on a USB pen drive, these are free when conversion costs are
over £70 otherwise it's an extra £4.50
For overseas customers, £1
currently translates to approx $1.25 US or 1.20 Euros. Please note that we can ONLY
accept payments in Euros or Dollars as cash or via PayPal - cheques, money
orders or bank transfers must be in £ Sterling ('GBP').
If you say at the outset that you would like
your discs back afterwards, we will invoice you for the postage, packing
& posting cost but if you
change your mind after seeing the results,
you simply omit the P&P element from your payment.
very competitive charges for more severely faulty discs, recovering Limbo
files and correcting invalid file
names are discussed under "What we then
Our conversion service
is totally confidential. For the police and members
of the legal
profession, we can produce affirmations of
conversion integrity, reports on disc condition, directory content etc
all for only a small arm & a leg.
Although we aim to
achieve a 2-3 day turnround, we firmly believe that the quality of
the work is far more important than speed. Sometimes it may therefore take a tad
longer, particularly if there are problems with
disc read errors or
it's a busy period. Naturally, if there were to be a long delay, you would be notified by e-mail.
of our faithful Amstrad PCW 8256's
to send and where to send them:
here to print out our Conversion Request Form.
Apart from giving us your details, this gives you advice on packaging
the discs as well as our postal address in the form of a mailing
a working PCW, we do suggest that you make copies of your discs and send us those. If you
are not sure about copying discs with DISCKIT, please click here for detailed instructions. If you don't have a working PCW or the discs won't copy properly
due to disc errors, don't worry - please then send us the originals.
way, please clearly
number the discs
CF2 discs were supplied back in the 80's in clear Perspex cases - please do
NOT send these cases as they can shatter in the post and
damage the discs!
do NOT send
any money at this stage. Upon completion of the work you will be invoiced;
payment options will include direct bank transfer and .
Post the package to
us. Please note that .....
Recorded or Special Delivery is encouraged for valuable
material or when disc copies cannot be made. To avoid missed
causing delay & inconvenience, please OK
this with us by phone or e-mail
BEFORE using these signed-for services.
Our postcode is not in the database used
by Royal Mail (this is Cornwall remember!) so manual entry
by a Post Office clerk may be necessary.
Mail's rates for mail within the UK are based on thickness
the pack as well as size and
weight so even just a single floppy MUST be sent as a 'Large
Letter'. If we decide to accept an inadequately stamped
package by paying the Royal Mail's punitive surcharge for you, this
will be passed on via our invoice.
do note that by sending us your discs,
you are deemed to have accepted the Terms
& Conditions of our service.
we then do:
If we encounter any
reading problems with a disc because it has been physically
damaged or become logically corrupted, we will spend up to 15 minutes
of charge trying to recover as much data as
possible from it. If this free time has expired but we consider
that the work should be able to be completed within a further 15
minutes, we will go ahead without recourse to you and make a
nominal charge of £7.50 per disc as per our Terms
& Conditions. If the data corruption is more serious, we will contact you by telephone or e-mail to
discuss options and the likely cost of further efforts.
characters allowed by the PCW in filenames - like double quote
marks (") and percent (%) - cause mega-grief on a PC. If we find the odd one
or two of them we'll change them to comparable acceptable
characters free of charge. However, where there are several, we
reserve the right to make an extra charge of £2 per disc.
if you request the recovery and conversion of all deleted files that were
in Limbo (Recycle Bin), we will do this free of
charge for up to around five per disc but for more than that, we
reserve the right to make the same time-based charge as that for faulty
a pen drive and a Zipped e-mail attachment can all easily
accommodate the results from several dozen PCW discs so they will be
sub-divided into separate "folders" for each format
type and then each original disc (or side of a disc). There are
then further sub-folders corresponding to each old Loco 'Group'
so that the results directly reflect the way the original discs were
you have WinZip on Win 98, ME or 2000 or use Windows XP or later
(which have their own in-built facilities to Unzip 'compressed
archives'), please ensure that your
e-mail, anti-virus or firewall
software does not block files with the .Zip file extension.
you request e-mailed results but you are then not able to unzip / extract from Zipped archives,
we will only e-mail you the individual files as
separate attachments in very exceptional circumstances,
otherwise you will be sent a CD and be invoiced accordingly.
results are mailed to you together with our Conversion Notes which give
step-by-step instructions and useful tips. These describe in
simple terms not only how to open and save the files in your PC
or Mac's word
processor but also contain advice and tips on re-formatting
We do NOT ask for payment in advance
so we do ask
for prompt settlement of the invoice sent with the results. This will detail
all the payment options which include direct inter-bank settlement
after viewing & saving the results on your computer you still want your
original PCW discs returned to you, these will be mailed back
to you after
your payment has been received and, if by cheque, this has cleared through the bank. Due to high business bank charges and
distance from the bank, clearance may on occasions take up
to a month from the day a cheque is received.
look forward to receiving your files and to you joining the
hundreds of our delighted customers who have discovered
lots of old material they had completely forgotten!
"I have just
unzipped your e-mailed attachment and WOW! What a result! All my
rubbish on a big screen!"
"I was so excited and moved by what we discovered on the
discs. Many thanks for a priceless service"
would like to compliment you on the wonderful service you
provide. It is not often nowadays that one gets personal &
done for £7.50 what I was quoted £200 to do elsewhere!"
"Those disks have sat in a drawer for ten years
and I am delighted to finally be able to access their data again.
Thank you for such a speedy, professional, and inexpensive
you. It has been like restoring a chunk of my life that I had forgotten.
Amazing what a few old discs can do"
am thrilled & delighted to have all that information back
again. Thanks to you, 5 years of research and hundreds of hours
was not wasted after all!"
you very much for a superb job (and you can quote me on that), done
speedily and efficiently. Also much cheaper that your rivals. It was a
delight to be able to read the old diaries again.
business reply laced with
a sense of humour wins my vote any time"