I am using audacity 2.0.3 and Mac OS X 10.7.4 and had 2 ~35 minute recordings. Both of these large project files were initially on my computer’s harddrive. I tried to email the files and now I can only file the smaller pieces of each of the project files, but not the large project files. For each project, I have a a_data folder that includes several 5 second pieces of the larger project. Do you think I accidentally moved the project files to an incorrect location?
Is there a way to recover the larger project files?
Here is what I found under FAQs, but did not find information about recovering the larger files:
Audacity breaks long tracks into small pieces so it can edit them more efficiently. When you save an AUP project file, Audacity stores all the pieces in a _data folder that has the same name as the AUP file. For example, “song.aup” will open the pieces inside the “song_data” folder.
The .AUP file and the associated _data folder must both reside in the same folder location as each other.
To check if the files still have the correct original names, make a copy (for safety) of the .AUP file, and open it in a text editor such as NotePad (don’t use a word processor). Near the top of the file you should be able to find the original project name.
Gale, I’m having the same problem but I’m not understanding how to fix it. I’ve only been using Audacity for a few months, but this is the first time I’ve had this problem. I saved an interview as an aup file onto my desktop. I inadvertently moved it when I cleaning off some other files, and now Audacity says it can’t open the file. I still have the data file, and from everything I’ve read here, I just need to put everything in the same folder and it should open? Because I can’t seem to make it work. I appreciate any help you can offer.
This is the crucial issue. Audacity does not save projects as aup files.
Audacity saves Audacity Projects, and an Audacity Project is made up of: A file with the file extension .AUP and audio data.
When you record something in Audacity, it does not create a data file, it creates dozens, hundreds or even thousands of data files. These data files are initially stored in the Audacity Temp folder, and when you save an Audacity project they are copied into a data folder.
For example, if you save an Audacity project as “MyProject” then Audacity will create a file called MyProject.aup and will create a folder called MyProject_data. MyProject.aup is the Audacity project file, and this tells Audacity what to do with the files that are in the MyProject_data folder.
In this example, MyProject.aup and MyProject_data must be in the same folder (for example, both on your Desktop or both in “Documents” or both in “Music”)