Can I recover my File?

I was saving my track first as a WAV then as a MP3. My exports were both made…but I during the MP3 export, an error popped up ( I was unable to take note of what it was…) and unfortunately, I noticed a mistake in my track that I need to fix but I can’t cause I can’t find the .aup file. I saved the project as once before this happened. All that happened was, there was a folder on my desktop called songname_projectfile_data but when I click on it, it had one folder titled e00 which when I opened led me to another several folders like d00, d01, d02, d03, d04, and d05, but when I click each one they are all empty…I tried using the audacity recovery tool and it says it can’t find it. I tried searching on the search function on my computer for the .aup file but there was nothing…I tried the local temp file but nothing?

I’m using window 7 and I don’t know how to check my audacity version…but I did find another project file before when I used the search function…and when I restarted audacity it did not ask me about recovering files…

What do I do I really need to get this project file recovered?

I saved the project as

That should have given you a whole new AUP file and _DATA folder.

an error popped up

That was the kiss of death right there. The system was unstable from that point forward.

Did you run out of drive space? If you saved to your desktop, that means the work would have been on your laptop internal drive. If you have the WAV Export, then that’s your new song.

Without the AUP file, a highly edited and produced show is not recoverable.

Help > About Audacity? I’m guessing, but I think that’s where Windows puts the version.


Oh thank you for your response. It’s version 2.0.5, I’m not sure if it’s a beta or I need to update.

I also slightly remember something about it trying to save to a Jzip folder or something…it just crashed all of a sudden and the project files were all empty, I really don’t know what happened. I just really wanted to have it cause I wanted to get my song mastered. I was able to fix the wav file I have but now the vocal and instrument is all in one line so I guess it’ll be hard to master.

Do you have any recommendation of what to do so this won’t happen in the future? It was strange cause I did save project as once and kept saving throughout the process multiple times.

Thanks for your response I appreciate it.

2.0.5 is the latest version. We don’t make Beta versions any longer.

Do you mean the “d” folders were empty?

The AUP file you saved successfully should be listed in File > Recent Files in Audacity. What happens if you click on that AUP file in the list of recent files?

Did the error say that Audacity cannot write to the autosave file?

What happens when you continue editing after saving a project is that Audacity writes a temporary AUP file called an AUTOSAVE file. On Windows 7 the AUTOSAVE file is at:

Users<your user name>AppDataRoamingAudacityAutoSave

You may need to show hidden files and folders in order to see the AutoSave folder - see Show hidden files - Microsoft Support for how to show hidden files and folders.

If Audacity crashes before you save the project again, Audacity should offer to recover the project, but this depends on the AUTOSAVE file existing. If there is a crash, sometimes there is only a TMP file because Audacity could not write that TMP file to an AUTOSAVE file.

So I suggest you look in that AutoSave folder. If there any TMP files there, rename the latest TMP file so that it says “.autosave” (without the quotes) instead of .tmp. Restart Audacity then it should try to recover the unsaved project. Obviously this assumes that there are AU files in the _data folder.

There is not much you can do except save the project regularly, export WAV backups, make sure you have enough disk space and check that drive you are saving to is healthy.

To test the drive you could try: CrystalDiskInfo - Crystal Dew World [en] .