Error: Could not save project..not writable...disk full.

Full error message:
Could not save project. Perhaps Volume/Audacity 2.0.3/Audacity[my file name] is not writable or the disk is full.
I have OS 10.6.8

Simple 20 min audio mono 1 track.
Trying to save to .aup, then to .mp3.
I have used Audacity successfully in the past.
Just loaded new version from .dmg.
Error message on first attempt to sa file.
Any help out there?

I keep waiting for you to say you Control-Clicked > Get Info on the drive and it’s not full. You can also use Go > Utilities > Disk Utilities and get the information that way.

This is common if you used punctuation marks in the filename. You send Audacity into never-never land where there is no disk space. It’s very, very common to use dates which is a really bad idea.

Today is not 6/3/13, it’s 2013-06-03 or 20130603. The slashmarks are a problem.

Dash and Underscore are the only universally accepted punctuation marks.


The drive Volumes/Audacity 2.0.3/ is the DMG. You are trying to write to the disk image, which is not possible. Please install Audacity according to the instructions on this page:

Also, it is not good practice to store documents in the Applications folder - save them in the Documents folder.

– Bill

For the record, these are the only bugs known in 2.0.3 with using punctuation in file names on Mac OS X:

  • Entering a backslash “” in a file name when saving a project gives a “Could not save project. Path not found.” error.
  • When using Export Multiple, asterisks (*) or question marks (?) in labels are wrongly rejected as illegal characters.
  • When using Export Multiple, forward slashes (/) cause a false “cannot export audio” warning (/ is legitimate in a file name on Mac, but not a good idea unless the files are only for your own usage).

See .


Did we ever resolve the issue where Audacity defaults to saving work in /Applications given a normal install? Koz

Do other newly installed applications on Mac do the same?

The same happens on Windows - the default open/save paths for a newly installed Audacity (or for most new programs) are the current working directory.