Trados TM files Management
Thread poster: Charlotte Boudon

Charlotte Boudon  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:20
English to French
Nov 4, 2008

Good evening,

I'm a bit of a n00b on these forums so I hope I'm not posting in the wrong section...

I have a question regarding the location of TMs.

I'm installing Trados on a 2nd computer and trying to tidy things up a bit because the installation on the first machine was a bit of a mess and I was wondering where you guys store your TM files.

Any advice/suggestion is welcome. Thanks in advance.


[Edited at 2008-11-05 13:09]



Local time: 20:20
English to Hungarian
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separation Nov 5, 2008

Hello Charlotte,

TMs can be stored anywhere, depending on what you prefer.

My rule of thumb is simply the following:
always store information (I mean conventional files you save create and use, e.g. doc, xls..., even TM) and installed programs on different hard discs, or at least in different partitions of a single HD (not really preferred). If you should reinstall your computer in the futur for any reason, you won't need worry about transferring or loosing any important files.

If you have a "fresh" computer now, you might create a backup of the installation hard disc (usually labeled as C: ) using for example Norton Ghost. Then instead of reinstalling programs separately, you can restore the present condition of your operation system and programs as well as your software settings.

Dest regards,
L. Egerhazi


Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Depends on the kind of work you do Nov 5, 2008

I think it really depends on the type of work you do:

- Do you work for many end customers who send you many different, unconnected jobs?

- Do you work for agencies who send you regular materials for a number of their end customers?


Charlotte Boudon  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:20
English to French
More info Nov 5, 2008

@ egerhazi
That's a bit more technical than I meant. On my 1st computer, I've kept all my TM files in a single folder, buried in Program Files/SDL Trados..... I was just wondering if this is common practice or if people keep them maybe in the various folders where they keep the projects to do with those TM files. Sorry if I'm not clear enough.

@ Tomás
I work with an agency. What do you suggest?


Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Never ever... Nov 5, 2008

save your files along withn programs and more even, in program directories!
If you need to install a new version, the installer might want to delete the folder from old installation... and then?

Please follow the advice given here. Let you hard disk be partitioned in C: and D:
Create a clear folder structure for your business.
For example create a directory "Translation Memories". There you create subdirectories for language pairs, within those then customers and so on.
The same for jobs - a directory called jobs, then directories with customer names, within those directories for each project, there then directories for "incoming", "work" and "outcoming" files and so on.

This will help you to manage not only your TMs, but all your work.


Charlotte Boudon  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:20
English to French
Thought so... Nov 5, 2008

@ Jerzy Czopik
I was pretty much convinced I'd done it wrong but thanks a lot for the advice. It'll be good to know that it's all done properly on the new one. Thankfully for me, I hadn't tried to install upgrades or anything like that. I won't make the same mistake twice!


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