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Back up and restore projects in memoQ

You can back up and restore your projects using the Dashboard or the Manage projects dialog. When you back up a project, memoQ also makes a copy of all resources (translation memories, term bases, LiveDocs corpora, and light resources) that are used in the project.

Back up one or more projects

To back up one or more projects from your computer, follow these steps:

1. In the Dashboard, select the projects you wish to back up. (Click the name of the first project, then press and hold down Ctrl, and click the rest of the projects.)

Note: If a project is open in memoQ, the Dashboard is not available. If this is the case, choose the Manage projects command from the Project menu. This displays the Manage projects dialog where you can select the projects the same way as in the Dashboard.

Important: Make sure that you select My computer in the Server URL box in the Dashboard or in the Manage projects dialog. You cannot transfer online projects this way.

2. Below the list of projects, click Backup selected. A Save As dialog appears. Select the folder where you want to save the backup file, then click Save.

Note: memoQ saves the backup file with the .mqbkf (memoQ backup file) extension. The backup file contains the documents, settings, and resources (translation memories, term bases, and LiveDocs corpora) attached to the project.

Important: memoQ includes a binary copy of all files in the backup package. Your project will look the same when you restore it, but you cannot use this file in other translation tools or different versions of memoQ.

3. Copy the .mqbkf file to removable media such as a USB drive, a CD/DVD, or an external hard disk. Store the backup copy away from your computer.

Restore one or more projects

When you need to restore the projects on your computer (because you have a new computer, or the entire system was reinstalled), follow the steps below.

1. Save the .mqbkf file to a folder that you will be able to access from memoQ.
2. Start memoQ.

Important: Make sure that you back up and restore your projects in the same version of memoQ. If you plan to upgrade your copy, first install the original version, then restore your projects. After this, you can upgrade your copy to the newest version. When you start the newest version for the first time, it will convert all resources that were restored. When you open the restored projects for the first time, memoQ will upgrade the projects too. Build number differences do not matter: if you create the backup copy in memoQ version 4.5.20, you can restore the backup in 4.5.25, for example.

3. In the Dashboard, below the list of projects, click the Restore from backup file command link. The memoQ restore from backup wizard starts.
4. In the first wizard screen, click the ellipsis MemoQ ellipsis button Back up and restore projects in memoQ button. An Open dialog appears. Find and select the .mqbkf file.

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The path and name of the .mqbkf file appears in the Package to restore field. After you select the package to restore, click Next.

5. memoQ reads through the package, and displays the second screen of the wizard.

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At the top half of this screen, you can select where the restored projects will be created. At the bottom half of the screen, you can select what projects you want to restore from the package. (If the package contains multiple projects, you do not have to restore all of them.)

Note: If you already have a copy of the project on your computer, you can choose to update it. To do this, click the Add link next to the name of the project. The link will change to Update. In this case, memoQ does not create a new project. Instead, it replaces the existing project with the new contents.

Important: If you update a project from the backup package, all changes made since the backup will be lost. memoQ also overwrites all existing translation memories, term bases, or LiveDocs corpora attached to the project.

After you make your choices on this wizard page, click Next.

6. memoQ displays the Ready to restore screen of the wizard. At this point, you can still click Back, and change your choices (you can even select another .mqbkf file). However, if you are ready to perform the restore, click Finish.

memoQ restores the selected projects from the package.

Back up and restore projects in memoQ