How to Transfer Microfiche to a Computer

By Bonnie Conrad

Many companies are transferring microfiche records to computer storage.
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Not too long ago, microfiche was the preferred way to store visual records such as newspapers, magazines and documents. In its time microfiche provided long-term storage, allowing businesses, libraries and government agencies to store hundreds of thousands of documents in a small amount of space. These days, however, the large microfiche readers that were once used to recover that information are largely gone, and many businesses and individuals are looking for ways to transfer their microfiche documents to their computers.

Determine how many microfiche documents you need to convert to computer records. If you have a large number of documents to convert, it will probably be more cost effective to outsource the conversion.

Check your local business community for companies that can do large scale conversion of microfiche documents to CD, DVD and other long-term computer storage methods. You may want to check with your local library for recommendations--many libraries are converting their entire microfiche document collections to DVD.

Contact each company for information about the services they provide and the prices they charge. When evaluating companies, find out how long the conversion will take. Some companies are able to transfer microfiche documents to permanent computer storage in only a few days, while others may take weeks to complete the work.