Audacity won't open aup. file

I have a recording that I saved as an aup. but I can’t open it back up.

I really need the recording that is on there, but Audacity won’t open it. I have searched this before and the answer to everyone else’s problems was the _data folder, but the _data folder is in where I saved the audio, and other audio I Export.

I’m not a techy person like a lot of you all are, so please help, and make it sound simple if possible… :confused: :confused:

I need this audio back really soon!

DId you change any of the names between the time you saved the show and now? The file and the folder have to be the same name and they have to be the original name.

Also, no fair moving them around so they split up. Both AUP file and _DATA folder have to be in the exact same folder or location to work.


I can’t remember if I renamed it or not, but I doubt I did… It was last Sunday so its hard to say.

Would it work if I just moved it into the _Data folder?

If you exported a WAV or AIFF, import that back into Audacity then it is not a complete disaster.

If you want to rename projects, please use File > Save Project As… . It is the only safe method.

No. The AUP file must be in the same folder that the _data folder is in, but must not be in the _data folder itself.

Please see: Audacity Manual .

If you are stuck, please attach the AUP file. Please see here for how to attach files: .


I’m kind of stuck…

I’m using Mac OS X 10.6.8. and the version of Audacity that I’m using is 2.0.5
March 23rd 2014.aup (141 KB)

What is the name of the _data folder, and where (full path) is it on your computer?

Do you use Spotlight a lot?

Is that to me?
I’ve never used Spotlight ever.

Spotlight is OS X’s search tool.


The poster. Someone at work uses Spotlight almost exclusively to do everything including launching and managing programs. It divorces you from the file structure and it’s possible the poster has no idea where any of this stuff actually is.

If you hang on a Spotlight search long enough, it will eventually relent and show you the file structure — in tiny incomprehensible type — for ten seconds. So even if you found both the show file and the folder, it’s an act to see if they’re in the same folder/directory or not.

If there was a poster boy for the unitary file system…

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I see. So how do you find out where a file actually is on a Mac?

So how do you find out where a file actually is on a Mac?

Why would you need to know?
Everything is always right there at your fingertips.

You can double click on the disk drive icon and it will explode into the usual suspect layers of folders and files.

The disk drive icon, by the way, that it’s possible to run the desktop without (Illustration).

So if you do insist on a surgically clean desktop [cringe], then I guess you’re left with “Go.”
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There are regular Find systems in place, too. Edit > Find, etc.

Spotlight’s talent is finding things it thinks you need before you know you need them. That’s why when it works right, you need to wear your neck brace acceleration collar.

These Macs became instantly popular not with writers and music people, but with Systems Administrators who discovered the Linux services lying not that far under the glossy pictures. I think the record I saw was someone who had six terminals on the screen at once.

Good old Bash

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Bourne Again SHell. Arf, arf, arf.

Who said the Linux people didn’t have a sense of humor.

To figure out where a found file or folder is, I would click it to select it then look at the path trail at the bottom of the Finder window, or right-click over the found item > Get Info and look at “Where”.

There is no Edit > Find in Finder in 10.9.2 that I can see.


Oops. It’s File > Find. Not Edit > Find. There’s a setting in preferences to restrict the default search to the immediate computer, different from Linux search which tries to search Earth unless you stop it.

right-click over the found item > Get Info and look at “Where”.

Or, Control-Click, yes, on a laptop. If you know to do that. Further, the path may not be short, so you’ll need to do it to both items and compare the Where results.

I would click it to select it then look at the path trail at the bottom of the Finder window

That’s a new one. Nothing happens in my finder by just selecting an item on the desktop except the icon gets dark. Even in a separate finder window, nothing happens at the bottom.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen that. Was that a default finder behavior?


File > Find just opens the same Spotlight search in Finder, as far as I can tell.

I don’t think I have enabled anything that isn’t default. Here I select a file found in the search result:
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This was in 10.7.5 too (my first version of OS X), but I did not notice it for a long time.


The file name looks very similar to this, march23rd_data…
Does that mean that the _data file is saved with the aup. audio file?

I didn’t use spotlight to find it, we save/export all our audio in the same area Folder - Audio > folder - 2014 > folder - January 1st > recorded file.

There is no such thing as a _data file. There is an AUP file (which is just text, not audio) and a _data folder that has exactly the same name as the AUP file.

You attached “March 23rd 2014.aup”. If you want to open that project you must have a _data folder called exactly March 23rd 2014_data". “March 23rd 2014.aup” and “March 23rd 2014_data” must be in the same folder as each other. “March 23rd 2014.aup” must not be inside “March 23rd 2014_data”.