Help needed: Conversion of TMW file into TXT
Thread poster: preppi
Mar 20, 2010

Can anybody please help me to convert my TMW file into a TXT file?
I'm using an old version of Trados with a dongle.
Last night my laptop (with the required dongle attached) was stolen.
I still have the TMW file on my PC, but I can't open the file since it won't open without the dongle.
So could someone please convert the file into a txt file so I can finish my project on time this weekend?!

Kind regards



Sangeeta Joshi  Identity Verified
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Okay Mar 20, 2010

Okay, just e-mail the tmw file to me and I will send you the ttx file.  Identity Verified
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Welcome Mar 20, 2010

You are welcome.


Sergei Leshchinsky  Identity Verified
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Hint for the future... Mar 20, 2010

If you have TMW only, which is the main file of the TM for Trados, you can still use it.
All you need is to create empty files (say, using Notepad) and rename them (change the extensions) in a certain way.

If your TMW file is named memory.tmw, you have to create empty files with the following names:

memory.mtf, and

in the same folder.

After you hit the TMW file (or open it in WorkBench), the software will tell you that "the index is corrupt" (or something of the kind) and it will recreate a new index, populating the files you have created with the proper data.
Good luck!

[Редактировалось 2010-03-20 19:44 GMT]


Thank you for the useful comments and help Mar 21, 2010

Thank you for the useful comments and help


sabina moscatelli  Identity Verified
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Hi Sergiei Jul 9, 2010

I am experiencing the same problem as the colleague above and I was trying to follow your very interesting solution but they don't work.

I created four files in a folder, according to your instructions.
Then I opened my TM with no licence.
Got an error message
Looked into the files but they were empty

I desperately need either a txt or a tmx fileicon_frown.gif


Sergei Leshchinsky  Identity Verified
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Hopefully, you did it with a copy... Jul 9, 2010

Or you finally killed the TM?

BTW, an empty TM (TMW) has the size of about 1 MB. Could it be empty from the very beginning?


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