After upgrading Audacity to v2.0.3 on our school computers I have found that users are unable to save new Audacity project files. This seems to be because the folder structure within the _data directory in the save location is not being created.
Example error from an Audacity log file is as follows…
12:55:04: Error: Failed to copy the file ‘C:UsersxxxxxAppDataLocalTempaudacity_tempproject10596e00d00e000006b.au’ to ‘\xxxxxstorexxxxxxxxxxDocumentsPodcastVOICE002_datae00d00e000006b.au’ (error 3: the system cannot find the path specified.)#
In this example the directories e00d00 are not created within the VOICE002_data directory (which does get created automatically) in the target save location and so the project fails to save.
However if I manually create the e00d00 directories the project saves successfully.
Before you found the problem, were you watching the directories you are saving to in Explorer or some command-line tool?
There isn’t any real answer to this at the moment, the problem being that the bug is not reproducible. You’ve identified a workaround of creating folders manually, and another workaround can be to reboot the computer.