Audacity Recovery Error

Hi! So I had unsaved Audacity files on my desktop and then my computer died. I turned my computer back on and audacity automatically recovered my files. But then it gave me an error message telling me to go to help > show log because the waveforms are not there. I went to the log but I have no idea how it’s supposed to help me. I’m sort of new to audacity and not amazing with computers. I looked online and found this page: which talks about the error that I have, but really doesn’t explain how to fix it very much. All it says is something about copying the errors? Can someone please give me an easy-to-follow explanation of how to fix this asap? I really don’t want to record them again! Thanks!

I use a MacBook Air version 10.9.5 and Audacity version 2.1.2

Most people mean the wrong thing when they say “Audacity files.”

An Audacity show or Project is an AUP manager text file and a _DATA folder with the same name.

They won’t open without each other.

Does the log say the files are missing? If so they have almost certainly gone, because the Mac cleans up the Audacity temporary directory when it reboots. Hopefully the next release of Audacity should move the Audacity temporary directory to somewhere it does not get cleaned up.


I took a screenshot. Above what is shown there is more of the “Warning: Missing data block file”
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Thanks. The log is self-explanatory I am afraid. The temporary files were no longer there, so Audacity replaced them with silence (made them silent rather than be missing, which would be a permanent error).

I think it’s wrong that Audacity replaces permanently with silence without asking, whereas it does ask if recovering an already saved project where the files are missing. But it would not have made any difference because the files were (presumably) deleted by the Mac.


Thank you so much for your help! That is super annoying. Thankfully I had time to rerecord (although grudgingly) today.