Can't recover autosaved file


Yesterday I recorded a gig with Audacity. Once I was done I put my laptop on standby but opening this morning it had to reboot. Luckily Audacity notified me I could recover the file and reload it. So that happend.
But once I recoverd the 1,5 hour set and tried to save it, I got the blue screen of death. And when trying to recover the file AGAIN, I got an error message: Audacity did not recognize the type If it is uncompressed try importing it using Raw Import

Neither could I recover by using Raw Import. I’m clueless now. Any help is therefore appreaciated

Thanks in advance

But once I recoverd the 1,5 hour set and tried to save it

Save it, or Export it?

I think whatever was wrong with your machine during the first force reboot is still wrong. Do you have enough room on your drives for the show?

Which Windows and Which Audacity? Answer the questions in the pink band at the top.

I don’t know. We need to wait for the senior elves to figure out what to do.


Why did it have to reboot? If Windows Update forced reboot on you, see Prevent Windows From Restarting Your PC After Windows Updates.

Why? Your computer seems in a bad state. As Koz asked, what version of Windows, and was this save a project or export an audio file? Were you saving to an external drive?

Crashes occurring in Audacity are most often caused by bad audio, video or device drivers. Have a look at, especially use WhoCrashed mentioned there to find out what caused the crash.

You can’t open Audacity files using Raw Import, only uncompressed audio files like WAV.

Did the project look and sound correct when you tried to save or export it?

The file Audacity is trying to recover from is called an AUTOSAVE file. Attach that file for us. It’s at:

  • Windows 2000/XP: Documents and SettingsApplication DataAudacity
  • Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8: UsersAppDataRoamingAudacity

If you don’t see that “Audacity” folder, follow these instructions to show hidden files and folders. Please see here for how to attach files:

If the AUTOSAVE file can’t be fixed, then it’s a question of following Recovering crashes manually to recover the audio data to new WAV files.