The simplest way would be to find a data recovery service to do it for you. (expansive)
If the floppy is the "HD" kind, you can buy a USB floppy drive that will read the diskette and plug into your existing computer.
If the diskette is the 800K (or 400k) variety, you will need a vintage Mac with a floppy drive in it that can read the old/small floppies. And you will need some sort of way to get the data off of the Mac after you get the data to the computer's hard drive. This is the most complex of the 3 options and potentially the most expensive - depending on your own colection of old hardware.
To begin with, exactly which Macintosh model was it?
Is it an 800K (DSDD/2DD) or a 1.44 MB (HD) floppy disk?
Do you remember in which program(s) the documents were created?
Do you have access to the old Macintosh computer? Is your modern computer a Mac or a PC?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 20, 2013 6:17 AM (in response to Jan Hedlund)
I have no way to know what model it was...it was almost 25 years ago.....
Would they have made HD disks back then? I will check it later tonight when I get home.
If I could just find a way to print the documents off, somehow, I can then scan them to PDF... I just want to find a way to get them off the disk.....
I believe your best approach would be to seek a Mac User group in your region These groups most always have a member who keeps and maintains older Mac hardware which you need to get the data.
I personally keep a 1994 PowerBook 540c around to play with and just in case I need some old stuff. I just checked and it can read 800k and 1.44 HD floppies. I don't think it will read 400k though.
Worst case if you can't find anyone to help then send them and I would try to retreive the data. I have the PCMCIA module so can easily transfer data via Compact Flash card to CD, DVD, HDD etc.
Good Old Blackbird