Cannot get lock on TM
Thread poster: Alexander Chisholm

Alexander Chisholm  Identity Verified
Italian to English
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Oct 31, 2005


My laptop was left on accidentally and the battery ran completely flat. Unfortunately, Trados was running with a TM open.

Now when I try to reopen that particular TM, I get a message saying it cannot get a lock, probably opened exclusively eslewhere.

I seem to remember there were a number of ways to extract the data from a corrupted TM etc. and import it into a new TM, and I have searched the forums for this but cannot find any refs. Can anyone help?

I am using Trados 6.5 on a Win XP home machine.


Ulrich Roos
Local time: 05:52
Use your uncleaned files to rebuild your TM Oct 31, 2005

Hello Alexander,

when you open a corrupt TM Translator's Workbench may come up with a message saying that your TM is corrupt and that you can do an emergency export.

From your posting I read that this message is not displayed, but that you cannot even open your TM, right?
I'm very sorry but in this case I don't see any chance to export from your corrupt TM. If the TM doesn't open at all, then there is no way to export from it.icon_frown.gif

Instead you may want to use the following method to rebuild your TM. As a prerequisite you need the translated but _uncleaned_ versions of your documents. I keep my fingers crossed that you saved them.

First you create a new TM.
Second you do a clean-up with the option "Update TM" activated. Then Translator's Workbench reads the sentence pairs from your documents and stores them in the TM.

Good luck!



Local time: 05:52
Member (2003)
English to Danish
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Sorry to hear it! Oct 31, 2005

I once had this problem with an earlier version of Trados, and I reinstalled Trados, which actually did the trick for some reason.
Whether this will help you, I don't know.

I don't remember - what are you allowed to do as a visitor (i.e. when you cannot get exclusive access to the database)?
Can you by any chance export anything? Then obviously this would preferable, but I believe you have already checked a zillion times.

Otherwise, I guess Ulrich is right - you have to recreate the entire TM.

Good luck.


Ulrich Roos
Local time: 05:52
No export as visitor Oct 31, 2005

PCovs wrote:
I don't remember - what are you allowed to do as a visitor (i.e. when you cannot get exclusive access to the database)?
Can you by any chance export anything?


as a visitor or guest you are not allowed to export. Exporting and importing always requires exclusive access to the database and a visitor never has that access right.

Kind regards,



Alexander Chisholm  Identity Verified
Italian to English
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After the third reboot .... Oct 31, 2005

... the TM opened automatically!!!


Thanks to all for help and comments.



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