Can't open the whole project (apparently)

years ago I recorded an audiobook using Audacity (an old version of course). I just wanted to check back on it now, so I downloaded Audacity latest version, 3.3.3.
I looked for the old “aup” file and its “_data” folder, the project file was inside the “_data” folder for some reason, and It wouldn’t let me open it, so I just moved it outside next to it and put them together in a new folder on my desktop.
I opened the aup file and now everything worked fine, except on the audacity UI I only have 3 tracks available, all the rest of the book is missing. I remember working on this audiobook with specific instructions from the client, nonetheless I should be able to listen to the whole thing.
PS: the “_data” folder contains a “e00” folder, which contains a “d00” and a “d01” folder, both of them are full of audio clips.

Can you please help me with that issue?
Thank you in advance

I would think that is all you have in this project. If you hadn’t copied all of the files correctly you would have received an error; typically the entire project would have been trashed.

Yeah I thought the same at first, but it seemed weird because I had recorded the entire audiobook that time and only used one project file. My folders contain about 160mb of files, which sounds a bit off for just like 1 minute of audio tracks.
Any other ideas?
Thank you for now.

Audiobook Edit Masters should be in Perfect Quality WAV format.


For submission to ACX for audiobooks, each chapter should be exported again in Constant-192 MP3, or higher.


This is assuming you conformed to the other ACX format notes.

You can’t edit or change an MP3 file without causing format shifts or damage. For one common example, if you open your submitted Chapter1.mp3, make a correction and then re-export it, it’s not at 192 quality any more!

Do all corrections to a copy of the Edit Master WAV.

Never do production masters in Audacity Projects for pretty much the exact problem you’re having. Projects can be brittle.


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That’s not full-on Obsessive Mode.

When you get to the end of reading a chapter, Export it as a WAV file, fluffs, stammers, mistakes, gasps, and all. Call it something so you know what it is. Temp_Chapter1.wav.

Then edit your brains out and Export the Edit Master WAV when you’re done. If the computer goes into the mud while you’re editing, you don’t have to start reading all over again.

You can also save Audacity Projects anywhere in here, but don’t leave out the WAV files.

It’s also insanely handy to force the computer to reveal filename extensions.


Quick. Which one is the WAV file?


File Names

While I think about this. Not all computers accept all printed characters in file names. It’s good to use universally acceptable file names, particularly if you’re working with a client.

Capital Letters, lower case letters, numbers, dash, and underscore. That’s it. That’s the whole list. Being Certifiably Obsessive, I don’t use spaces, either.

Do Not use slash marks anywhere in filenames. Slash marks are how some computers mark folders within folders. Good way to lose your work.


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