Activating SDL Trados Licence without first deactivating
Thread poster: Mary Worby

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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May 18, 2013


I'm running SDL Trados Studio 2011.

I've been having issues with hard drive space for a while so yesterday replaced my old hard drive with a shiny new one. The old hard drive was backed up and copied to the new one, so the new one is now a copy of the old one but with more space.

Unfortunately, as far as Trados is concerned, it is a new install and it is asking me for my licence number. When I enter this, it says it is still in use on another computer (my old hard drive). Is there any way I can activate the licence without having deactivated the old one.

I've tried SDL support but they seem to be moving over to a new support portal. There are instructional videos on how to use the portal, which don't work. And merely trying to log a support ticket takes me to their pricing scheme for support contracts, although installation and licensing support is free!

Any assistance gratefully received.



Shai Navé  Identity Verified
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If you can, try to deactivae it offline May 18, 2013

In you SDL account, next to the Studio 2011 license in the Licenses section you have a link with instructions for deactivating the license offline. You might want to give this a try first.

If for any reason it doesn't work, you can contact SDL via the following link
I just tried it (short of submitting the form) and it seems to work.


Marco Oberto  Identity Verified
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Ask SDL to deactivate your license for you May 18, 2013


From this page , I have asked them to deinstall my license from an old computer, thus being able to reactivate that same license on a new devise.

Hope this helps,


Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Thanks May 18, 2013

Thanks to both of you. The offline deactivation isn't an option because I would still need access to the old system, but I've submitted a support request via the solution finder.


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