Recovering the source file from .bak?
Thread poster: Ioanna Orfanoudaki

Ioanna Orfanoudaki  Identity Verified
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Feb 24, 2011

Dear colleagues,

Silly me, I started translating directly on a word file converted from a .pdf, on which I had made a few layout changes to get it to look like the original, and therefore to keep the same format in the target text. Now, I realised that I hadn't kept a separate copy of my enhanced word file under a different name, and now the only clean file I'm left with is the target file.
Any tips on how to recover the source file from .bak? The answer may be obvious, but I can't think of anything right now... Many thanks for your help!


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Aude Sylvain  Identity Verified
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archives Feb 24, 2011

This issue has been addressed recently, see here: http://www.proz.com/forum/sdl_trados_support/191710-is_it_possible_to_save_or_view_source_text_only_in_a_bilingual_word_document_in_workbench.html

The question related to Trados Workbench, but the process would be exactly the same for WFC

HTH
Aude

ETA: the *.bak is your bilingual file. You simply have to open it in Word and save it as a *.doc/docx.

[Edited at 2011-02-24 13:36 GMT]


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Magdalena Szewciów  Identity Verified
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there is an easier way Feb 24, 2011

Simply:

1) Open the BAK file in Word - be sure to see the bilingual file including all tags/delimiters

2) Press "ALT+X" then Yes

And wait a bit

Be sure the Wordfast toolbar is fully extended (meaning the WF Classic is ON)

HTH


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Dušan Ján Hlísta  Identity Verified
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simple solution Feb 24, 2011

You can simply rename *.bak file to *.doc file - you can even rename the first part (*) in i.e. Total Commander or (beware this is the worst possibility solution) in Windows Explorer. That is all.
Dušan Ján Hlísta


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Magdalena Szewciów  Identity Verified
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but Feb 24, 2011

then you will be left with a file with delimiters/tags in it, Dušan.

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Dušan Ján Hlísta  Identity Verified
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answer Feb 24, 2011

Magdalena Szewciów wrote:

then you will be left with a file with delimiters/tags in it, Dušan.

> no problem, because you can clean-up it and thus gain normal file... so what is the problem?


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Magdalena Szewciów  Identity Verified
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but Feb 24, 2011

If you clean up the BAK file, you will only be left with the target text.
Ioanna wanted to get the source text, I presume.


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Ioanna Orfanoudaki  Identity Verified
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Many thanks to all of you Mar 26, 2011

... for your feedback, and my apologies for this late reaction to your posts!

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