Tip: delete recalcitant LDB files to eliminate unwanted SDLTB files
Thread poster: IanDhu

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Member (2005)
French to English
Jan 7, 2013

When I was deleting some duplicate files after a move to consolidate my holdings of Multiterm Studio termbases, I found myself left with three large SDLTB files, each with a companion SDLTB file locking it, and obstructing attempts to free disk space.


Select the LDB file in the same directory and with the same name as the SDLTB file that won’t delete.

Right-click and scroll to “Properties”, then click on the “Security” tab.
In the table then displayed, click on the “Advanced” button.
In the next table which opens, click the "Add" button to add an authorisation.
In the “Select user or Group” table which opens after this, click on the “Advanced” button.
This opens yet another table, in which click on the “Search” button. This displays a list of names. I chose my Administrator name. Having clicked in this list on the entity you want, click on OK, then in the “Select user or Group” table to which you are returned, again click on OK.
Click in the “Total control” checkbox, giving yourself full powers.

I’m not sure whether this works for groups of files, so I performed the above for each offending LDB file, which I thereupon succeeded in deleting along with its companion SDLTB file.


In the case in point, I wasted a lot of time finding all this out, but saved 17 Mb of disk space.

I should emphasise that my operating system displays in French, so the actual English names may differ slightly.

I hope this helps. Please contact me via (ProZ.com) e-mail if these instructions don't work for you.

With kind regards,

Adam Warren (IanDhu - 41189)


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