Audacity file size limitations

Windoz 64 bit OS. 1 tb hard drive with over 500 gig free. 16 gig ram.

did a long recording and attempted to save this. Nothing worked, not even to networked drive. All I get are “disc may be full” errors. Everything was working just great for over a year and now this. What’s more disapointing is I thought I had a solid program that I cold rely on to catch critical sounds/music, until today and all these bogus system errors and it’s abilty to NOT save the files. What did manage to get saved was all fragmented into tiny chunks of junk. Anyone else have these sorts of problems???

According to the release notes (Missing features - Audacity Support)

Large Projects

Projects with more than 2^31 samples (just over 13.5 hours at 44100 Hz) will not re-open correctly. Higher sample rates mean proportionally shorter times - so just over 6 hours at 96,000 Hz. We know the cause, and do intend to address this bug. Workaround: Before saving or closing the project, export to audio files of appropriate size, or cut and paste sections of audio containing less than 2^31 samples to new Audacity projects and save those.

Note that WAV files have a size limit of 4 GB (WAV - Wikipedia)

So you wern’t able to save your AUP file? If your AUP file saved OK, and you are just having trouble exporting to WAV, you can probably recover…

My advice is always - If you are recording anything critical, don’t use a computer!!! Or, use a 2nd computer (or something else) to record a backup in parallel. Computers are the least reliable things we own!!! A microphone can last a lifetime… A guitar amplifier can last nearly a lifetime with no major failures. Do you ever go a year without some sort of computer problem?

OK… It’s not always the computer’s “fault”. Sometimes it’s the user, or a configuration, or a software bug… But the end-result is that your recording (or your live show, etc.) get’s fouled-up.

Gary was using an old version of Audacity but now has 2.0.3.

I still don’t know now whether he was saving or exporting but he said the progress dialogue moved forward then went into reverse and finished with the error about the disk possibly being full.