Crash recovery has erased my project -- any way back?

Hello Audacity friends,
I was using cut & paste (ctrl-X, ctrl-V) to remove sections from one project and paste them into new ones, thereby splitting a large project into smaller pieces. Unfortunately I cut & pasted a large section (3 hours) that seemed to hang my computer, so I tried to quit Audacity. Then Audacity detected a crash, and in its auto-recovery, it removed those 3 hours from my project. But those 3 hours never made it anywhere else, so I have lost 3 hours of recording. I am not optimistic, but is there a way to roll back to the project file as I actually saved it (right before I cut the 3 hours and attempted to paste them elsewhere).

I am using Audacity 3.0.2 which I installed using PPA on my Ubuntu 18.04.6 LTS machine.

Thank you

:frowning: I don’t think so. I suppose if you are desperate you could try running up to step 11 here: but this procedure has never been tested on Unix. Also, I think it is a long shot. :frowning:

However, I would strongly suggest upgrading to 3.1.3, (and at least to 3.0.5) as you are able, as it fixes some issues that could cause hangs. :smiley:

BTW, I always do Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V, then I go back for the Ctrl-X, but to each his own. :wink:

Ha, so do I. I thought it was just me being paranoid :slight_smile: