I'm sorry to say this but I have good and bad news for you.
The good news is that it is indeed possible to transfer the
information from those disks to your PC.
The bad news is that is might cost you some money.
The problem basically consists in the fact that you don't have a
program to read the files written by your machine.
If you want to learn more about why you cannot read the information on
your disks directly please visit this page on PCIN.net:
Go to the middle of the page where you'll find a question similar to
the one you asked.
Now here are the solutions I found (at the end of the answer is the
best site I found):
1. Use the installation disk(s) that you received with your word
Read any file with the extension .txt or .doc on those disks or read
the "User's Manual" if you have one to find out if your machine has
the ability to write the info in ASCII format or if you were provided
with software that turns the info into a PC-friendly format.
If so, follow the advice (or ask for support) on how to enable your
machine to do this. The disk(s) should become usable with PC programs.
If you don't have anything helpful on your disk, then ask for support
2. Buy a program that does this kind of job.
Here are the ones I found:
Wordport - it's 149$ but you can download a demo version first to see
if it does the job you want (they say it does it):
http://acii.com/ or http://www.acii.com/wpt.htm
Windows Conversion Program - 75$
Conversions Plus - it's 70$ and I found no trial version :( Also I'm
not very sure it can be of help in your particular case. Use it only
as a last option, but not before sending them an email and asking if
their program can do the job you need:
3. Hire someone to do it for you (it's a lot cheaper if you don't have
Luxsoft - about 10$ for each disk
Ask Chaz (from that discussion I recommended earlier) if he still uses
that email address.
Important Last Minute Information!
As always, after writing an answer I searched for some more
information that I might've missed. And I found this on the Brother
" Q. Can I use the files from my daisy wheel word processor in a PC?
A. Some Brother word processors (720k and 1.44MB disk drive models)
allow you to convert your files to ASCII format. Most PC word
processing programs can import an ASCII formatted file. In addition,
many of our models come with PC/WP Conversion Software. This software
was provided to you on disk with your other program files when you
purchased your unit.(720K and 1.44MB disk drive models) It is called
the Brother Conversion Software program. You can load this file onto
the hard drive of your PC and convert your Brother files into most of
the major PC word processing programs. In addition, you can convert
your Spreadsheet files into Lotus(R) 1-2-3(R) format.
Sorry, but files stored on 240K disk drive models cannot be converted
on your Brother unit. The 240K format is not compatible with PC
However, many of our customers have had success with converting all
different file formats to and from Pcs through Pivar, a company in
Illinois who offers conversion services. You can contact them at
You can fin this quote at
Pivar seems to know everything about converting files to other
Here's the list of Brother products with file types they can handle:
BROTHER EM-1050 (R/O)
BROTHER EM-1050D (R/O)
BROTHER EM-1050DS (R/O)
BROTHER EM-2050D (R/O)
BROTHER EM-811 (R/O)
BROTHER EZ 3000
BROTHER FB 100 (R/O)
BROTHER FB 300 (R/O)
BROTHER WP-1 (R/O)
BROTHER WP-200 STM
BROTHER WP-500 (R/O)
BROTHER WP-510 (R/O)
BROTHER WP-55 (R/O)
BROTHER WP-650 (R/O)
And here's their website's address: http://pivar.com. I'm sure they
are the ultimate solution for your problem. Contact them by phone or
by e-mail as you like.
I hope this answers your question. Before rating the answer or asking
for a refund please post a clarify request. I might be able to satisfy