Audacity AUP3 and .MP3 recordings disappeared

I made a 35 minute long Audacity recording about 2 months ago; I exported it as an MP3 file and also saved it as an AUP3 file, just for good measure.

I came back today to try to use those files for my project, and… they’re entirely gone. They completely do not exist anymore, and Audacity just says that “[filepath] could not be located. It has been removed from recent files.”

This is hours of work that I cannot redo without the notes I no longer have; I cleared them to save space because why would I expect to need to recreate a recording from scratch after it stopped existing?

Are you on 3.5.1?

Did you save them on a non-local drive? Audacity doesn’t get along very well with drives outside the machine. Cloud drives are the worst.

Koz

No, they were saved to the local drive that Audacity defaults to. C:\Users[USER]\Documents\Audacity.

Did you put punctuation marks in the filenames? Upper Case Letters, Lower Case Letters, Numbers, Underscore, and Dash only.

Do Not put either of the two slashmarks / \ in a filename. That signals folder and directory changes to the computer.

Koz