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Re: computer question
WordPerfect is alive and well and is updated about as often as ME Word. SO is, to me,a better program, and I use it most of the time and "save as" an Word document when I need to share with exclusive Word users. I've had trouble opening SO documents with Word whereas the reverse works well. However I've not tried a spreadsheet as I only use Excel.
Most good IT people can spin up a failed drive one last time to get and backup data, your local library or college probably has someone who can do it for a small fee.
This first thought that comes to mind is how old is old? I'm no expert but the basic disk formats on really old PCs is different from modern ones and might be an issue. FAT32 and NTSF are the two I'm aware of.
The Wordperfect data might be opened using Microsoft Word. If memory serves me correctly Wordperfect was an early (1980s) word processor A bit of effort might be required thereafter to get something usable. Alternatively the Openoffice suite of programs might give you access to the data.