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How do I retrieve data from 5.25" floppy disks?

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This is a two part question:
1) What do I need to do read the data off of old 5.25" floppies? DIY or outsource?
2) Once I have the data from the floppies on my hard drive, how do I read the files?

I have twenty-two 5.25" floppy disks. Most of them are Verbatim Valulife 2S/2D MD 550-01 Soft-Sectored With Hub Ring disks. The contents of the disks were created between 1986 and 1989. They appear to have been well cared for and are in great condition. Each disk has been labeled with the name of the program, and there is sheet with each disk listing the files on the disk. The list below shows the disk label and the file extensions from several disks:
Excel--.LOB, .OTC, .PLP, .PE, .WC, .WBS
WordPerfect--.HT, .ADV, .HT2, .WI, .NT
Some of the extensions look like they may have been created by the user, as they appear to be abbreviations for some of the subjects covered in the contents of the disks. I don't know much more about the disks or the contents, but if you have specific questions I can ask the owner.

Three or four years ago I bought an old floppy drive which I installed into a Win2K (probably) machine. It did not read the disks. I am willing to purchase some gear and set up a system dedicated to getting this data. I need to get the data as files that can be edited and not simply printed. Thank You.
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