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Poll: How long do you usually keep the files you've translated after you've submitted them to the client?
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dianaft  Identity Verified
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That depends on the client Jan 7, 2014

Some of my clients require me to delete all files and TMs immediately after delivery. Of course, I comply.

Otherwise, I move them to a dedicated external hard drive and leave them there for a couple of months, in case there are any questions at a later stage. I am wary of storing them directly, as I can be paranoid about security issues. But I don't connect this hard drive for any other purpose, so I feel more at ease doing it this way.

Whenever I have a bit of spare time, I tidy up that drive and remove whatever I am confident is no longer needed.


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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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Also an external hard drive, Jan 7, 2014

but I store them there only at the end of each calendar year, and keep them indefinitely - that's to say, technology changes permitting. I still have some archives from the 1990s on floppy discs AND in formats that are no longer readable, but I didn't get around to throwing them away yet. During the year, I may have to go back to some jobs - e.g., contracts to which changes are made, letters that are answered or referred to in later correspondence... Recently, a client asked me to find some files several years old - when they lose something, they are happy of my archives.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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2 options not provided Jan 7, 2014

Whenever I am asked to by the customer/cient
Whenever I feel like cleaning up the hard disk

Guess I'll have to opt for 'Other N/A'


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Forever Jan 7, 2014

It's like all those bits and bobs you stash in the shed - you never know when something might come in handy

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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I keep them indefinitely Jan 7, 2014

...unless otherwise requested. They have turned out to be useful on a number of occasions.

I translate a lot of research papers and documents about scientific subjects, and sometimes my past work comes in handy for current assignments. Recently I had assignments on suicide from three different clients. The previous job(s) were very helpful. Sometimes I go back to them simply because I'm interested in the subject.

One of my New Year's resolutions is to make a list of the major jobs I've done for ProZ, and I couldn't do that without my files.

Sure, there's lots of stuff I'll never need, but figuring out what to keep and what to delete is more trouble than holding onto them.



[Edited at 2014-01-07 08:55 GMT]


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Jan 7, 2014

I don't usually bother deleting my translated files unless they are very large, since most of my work is from direct non-agency clients and none of them tend to send humungous space fillers. I'm currently sort of deleting the odd thing I come across as I go along.

A quick check prompted by this poll query shows that I have all of my translated files for one client intact going back to 2010. This is probably the last time I changed or reinstalled my OS, otherwise there may well have been documents on file dating back another 3-5 years. I just don't know (because I don't need to).


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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You never know Jan 7, 2014

Chris S wrote:

It's like all those bits and bobs you stash in the shed - you never know when something might come in handy


Ha ha, very true. From now on I'll make this my excuse too if anyone asks, if you don't mind


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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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Forever Jan 7, 2014

Work gets archived out occassionally, but I don't delete it.

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Teresa Borges
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Ditto! Jan 7, 2014

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

...unless otherwise requested. They have turned out to be useful on a number of occasions.



[Edited at 2014-01-07 08:55 GMT]


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Ikram Mahyuddin  Identity Verified
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I don't delete the files too Jan 7, 2014

With my 500 GB hard disk, I don't need to delete any files I translated. In general, people don't need to delete any files, just buy more and more external hard disks as required.

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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I don't delete the files Jan 7, 2014

I have everything on a memory stick. You never know, some quibble may crop up years later about a translation or you might want to use an old translation as a template. This has never actually happened so far.

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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Indefinitely Jan 7, 2014

I save everything I've done on a CD at the end of the year.

They generally sit in a stack in my office collecting dust, but every now and then I do want to look back at something I've done. I've also had clients who asked me, years after doing a project, if I still had a copy of it I could send them.

I guess my dusty stack of CDs serves as some type of unofficial "cloud" storage.


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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
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PII Jan 7, 2014

If you have professional-indemnity insurance, then your insurer may require you to keep your translation files in the event of a future claim.

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Parvathi  Identity Verified
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Indefinitely Jan 7, 2014

I never delete them because you never know when a new client(s) asks for past project samples.

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