Yes I have opened all of the files in a text editor, and I have found lots of the data in the .dat file. However there is also lots of data in the .for and .pro and .des files that don't seem to align with the dat file.
This is why I need to try to figure out a way to view the data with the program it was created in.
All I know is that it is meta data and the program it was created in was a very old dos program. I can't find an old dos database program that matches these file names.
Has anyone else heard of these file types used in an old database?
This sounds like an old (circa 1988) file manager that was quite popular with Turbo-C. If I'm correct, the .FOR files would be forms, .DES are indicies, .DAT are the raw data, and .PRO are user access information. I don't remember the .SSI and .SSD files from the library that I used, but they could be application specific too.
Norie, I believe, is correct in that DAT is the file that has the data. You should be able to open it in NOTEPAD first and note the position of the columns, then open it in excel and format the cells based on the layout you noted from the NOTEPAD review. If it is in neatly aligned columns then it is an ASCII SDF and by figuring out where a column starts and ends you can walk EXCEL thru setting the layout up correctly. If you see commas or quotes & commas then you should be able to open in EXCEL and it will fill in the column properly. It may take the first record for a heading though. Once you get it into EXCEL you can SAVE AS any of the files type available from EXCEL. The other files aren't database files but ancillary files to the old app, is my guess, and may have little or no value without the original app.