Unanswered: .DAT files disaster..guru help needed urgently!
I have been given a PC in desperation for a friend who's life work is on it (groan) Win95, (PI, 32Mb RAM etc) running an old DB programme written in what I assume is cobolt (VB front end). The app stopped being able to query or retrieve the underlying data so he sent it into a 'local high street expert' who seem to have written some DOS commands which make the DB delete all underlying data files everytime it is executed.
I have loaded a data retrieval app which has found the missing deleted files - which are displayed as .DAT files, but some fool has associated them with Adobe Reader and I cannot seem to open them in an understandable format. I was going to use the data source and knock him up an Access DB - the chap is elderly and heartbroken.
Is there anyone who can help? I have tried various file viewers and all I get is ASCII code..he did not back up, the CDROM wont work and neither do the USB ports so am having to transfer by floppy any files needed.