Audacity failed to read from a file in D error after an update


If anyone could help restore my project file, I’d be eternally grateful. The error only occurred after I updated Audacity:

“timestamp”: 1699505155,
“event_id”: “1b2ceab276ac5145bd45f6f539a87437”,
“platform”: “native”,
“release”: “audacity@3.4.1”,
“contexts”: {
“os”: {
“type”: “os”,
“name”: “Windows”,
“version”: “10.0.22631”
“exception”: {
“values”: [
“type”: “File_Error”,
“value”: “Audacity failed to read from a file in .”,
“mechanism”: {
“type”: “runtime_error”,
“handled”: false,
“data”: {
“sqlite3.rc”: “101”,
“sqlite3.context”: “SqliteSampleBlock::Load::step”

I tried using the repair tool by renaming the file and using the command prompt but that didn’t work. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

I’ve zipped the file and uploaded it here.

I have reproduced your error and am looking at it now.

OK; so here is where we at. I did reproduce your error. I have no reason to believe that the 3.4 release caused this problem.

I was in fact able to recover it using the procedure outlined here: Corrupt or Otherwise Broken Audacity Project Recovery and the project loads fine on 3.3.3:

as I no longer repair projects for other people, you are just going to have to to this yourself. What error did you get?

I also tried to load it with 3.4.1, and received this message:


Let me suggest that you continue your edit in 3.3.3 and once you have finalized your project, upgrade to 3.4.2 or later, when it is perhaps just a wee bit more stable. You can download 3.3.3 here: Old Audacity versions download

I also noticed that your project was extremely bloated. I was able to reduce the size of your project from just under 4GB to just under 1GB by following these steps:

  1. Ctrl+A (Select All)
  2. Ctrl+C (Copy)
  3. Ctrl+N (New)
  4. Ctrl+V (Paste) and do NOT paste Smart Clips!

Good luck!

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Thanks so much for the help, jademan. Very much appreciate it. Not sure why that fix didn’t work on my end but glad it did for you. I’ll download 3.3.3 and see what I can do!