One out of every 15 Audacity recordings that I make gets “lost” and I need to use a free “Audacity Recovery Utility” program to recover the file. It might be a good idea to make this program (or one like it) a part of the Audacity product. Corrupt files can happen to anyone - so it would be nice to recover them without downloading a separate program.
Audacity 1.3.13 should recover projects automatically in the event of a crash.
If you’re not using Audacity 1.3.13, you can get it here: http://audacityteam.org/download/
One out of every 15 Audacity recordings that I make gets “lost”
is due to Audacity crashing (not some unrelated computer/software issue) it would be helpful if you could give a lot more details about what is going on. Audacity is very stable and should not crash (with very few well known exceptions as listed in the “readme” notes (see section 3. Known Issues at Release one 1.3.x).
To be a bit more precise, Audacity 1.3.13 is very stable.
There are known problems on some previous versions. In particular, Audacity 1.2.x is not supported by modern Windows versions (Vista / Win 7) and is likely to crash quite regularly on some machines.