SDL Trados 2007 uncleaned files
Thread poster: Roxana Nicula Tanase

Roxana Nicula Tanase  Identity Verified
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Spanish to Romanian
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Feb 22, 2010

Hello everyone,

just a quick question. The client wants both the cleaned and uncleaned files. My colleague tells me that after he finished translating the document, he cannot trace down the uncleaned files to deliver them together with the ones that have been cleaned. He tells me that in the folder he has created there are only cleaned translated files.

I imagine that maybe during the set up he must've missed something. Please advice,

Best regards,



alessandra bocco  Identity Verified
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English to Italian
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.bak files Feb 22, 2010

Your colleague probably did not make a copy of the uncleaned files before cleaning them up, but during the clean up process a .bak file is created, that can be used as uncleaned file.


xxxavsie  Identity Verified
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'Keep backup' option must be selected Feb 22, 2010

Workbench doesn't automatically create a .bak file when cleaning a document. The option 'Keep backup' must be selected.

In Workbench, go to Options > Translation Memory Options > Tools tab, and tick the 'Keep backup' option.


Eduardo García Soñanes
Local time: 06:09
English to Spanish
Backup copies by default in MS Word Feb 23, 2010

If your files are in MS Word, the cleaning routine will create a bakup file (.bak) as alessandra bocco said.

You only have to change the extension .bak to the original file extension (.doc or .rtf)

Now you can open the file by double clicking it and you'll see the bilingual text.

Happy translating!
Eduardo García Soñanes


xxxavsie  Identity Verified
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Sorry to insist, but... Feb 23, 2010

If you don't select the 'Keep backup' option, there won't be any .bak file created during clean up!

From the Translator's Workbench user guide:

Backup Options

The Backup group box contains the following general options:

- Keep backup: Select this option if you want to keep a backup file (.bak) when running the Translate and Clean Up functions. Translator’s Workbench creates a backup file in the same folder as the pre-translated or cleaned up files.


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