Is there a way to do this? To my understanding, the GCMS translator only converts files from ChemStation to MassHunter and not the other way around.
The path forward is Masshunter for future software data files . There is no translator to go backwards to older technology such as MSD Chemstation. From my perspective, and I am not a software programmer, to take a data file that was acquired on a 64 bit operating system and take it backwards to a 32 bit or 16bit Chemstation , this would be a challenge. I realize that's a very simple perspective but there are challenges from the Agilent side such as support from Microsoft for operating systems such as Win 7 , this ends January 14th 2020. Masshunter is the current software platform and will be for the foreseeable future. I understand the reasons to use Chemstation for data review as customers have been using it since the 90's in one form or another and its familiar and workflow has been established because of the familiarity. I hope this helps, I am sure others will weigh in here and I welcome their comments.
The conversion of Chemstation data files is only one way which is forward to the MassHunter platform.
This inability to convert from MassHunter to Chemstation has been a discussion point in various forums for years.
Is this a technical issue ?
GC/MS data files in MassHunter format can be converted to MSD ChemStation files using a free utility program called Quadfiles 1.2. from Quadtech Associates. This program can read most native ChemStation and MassHunter files and has been tested successfully on a number of files, but of course it is not a validated Agilent utility, so if you decide to try it you should check to make sure that it works reliably with your files. Please also note that Quadfiles will only work with GC/MS and GC/MS/MS quadrupole files. It cannot read TOF or QTOF spectra.
Thank you very much for this information. Multiple sources have told us this could not be done !
Have you tried this software ?
I received an email notification from the Agilent Community that there was a solution to this problem. However when I try that link, the message I received doesn't exist.
Does anyone know what could have happened ?
The Agilent Community content is now visible. Probably a time lag issue. Solved.
You are correct, as far as I know until recently this conversion was not available. I am actually the author of the utility that I mentioned which is available on the web at Quadtechassociates dot com. If you click on the "Other Programs" link you will find Quadfiles 1.2 with a description. It is a free program which mainly allows accessing GC/MS files in either ChemStation or MassHunter format.
There is also a set of demo files that you can download separately for testing purposes. That file is several megabytes. I wrote Quadfiles originally for my own use like all my programs, and very recently added the conversion capability because of requests I noticed from folks like you.
If you decide to try it out, please let me know how it goes and if it meets your needs.
I have downloaded Quadfiles 1.2 and also MSC Pro. Thank you again for these. I first remember the conversion request to Agilent about 10 years ago. A large number of our not for profit labs can not afford to upgrade all of their software, OS and CPU hardware to run MassHunter which has been the typical option offered.
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