I have a very big problem that I hope you can help me with. In 2008, my Gateway computer died. I was running the master genealogist Version 5 or maybe Version 6, at the time; more on that later. I was able to recover the data off my hard drive onto an external hard drive. However, I replaced my Windows machine with a Mac. At the time I didn't know how I was going to handle the problem since the master genealogist doesn't work on a Mac and I didn't really want to install Windows on a partition on my hard drive or run a virtual software program.
Recently, a person contacted me about some genealogy data he had that I might be interested in. So this fired up my genealogist juices again. Much to my dismay, I discovered that the master genealogist has been discontinued :-(
What I have right now is:
Recovered Data on an external hard drive
The master genealogist CD Version 6 that I found, not even open yet with the Version 6 registration key :-)
Windows XP CD – Home edition
So what can I do to fix this? Is it possible? How can I get the data off the hard drive if I don't have the program installed? Can I get the program installed with what I have right now? I am somewhat computer savvy but I am baffled by this. Need some help, PLEASE.
Here are some of my thoughts. If I do partition my hard drive and install Windows XP CD, can I install TMG Version 6? Will I need the registration key?
I am not sure how this works between the OS, software, hardware, the website Etc.
Then I suppose the other option is to somehow get the GEDCOM. But how? If I find some one who runs the master genealogist program, could I import the data on their computer and then export it to a GEDCOM file so I can use it in some other program?
I hope that my fellow genealogists will empathize with my plight and be able to help.
Thank you so much. :-)