Error message "Perhaps C: is not writable or the disk is full". Help :(

I’m not really tech savvy, I’m just trying to convert an .m4a file into an .mp3.

OS I’m using: If I go to Settings > About it says I have Windows 10 home. If I go to Files > This PC > there’s an icon that says "Windows8_OS(C:). So I have Windows 8?

Version of Audacity I’m using: Audacity 2.4.2 (just downloaded today, 10/21/2020).

Did I configure the FFmpeg library step? Yes, I did. I downloaded the file from a LAME website. If I open Audacity > Edit > Preferences > Libraries > FFmpeg Library Version shows "F(55.33.100),C(55.52.102),U(52.66.100). So I think I did this all right.

My issue is this: I recorded a podcast on my laptop’s Microsoft Voice Recorder application. I moved that file into a Music folder. When I open Audacity > File > Import > Audio > select my podcast file > click Open, the Audacity app thinks for a moment then throws an error that says:

“Audacity failed to write a file.
Perhaps C: is not writable or the disk is full.”

I really don’t know what to do from here. Any help for a non-tech person would be so helpful, thank you in advance!

How did you install Audacity? Did you run the EXE installer (from here:

I followed the links to this site ( and clicked on “Audacity Windows Installer”. Does that help?

Are you able to import this file (it’s just a short test tone)

LOL yep. I clicked on your file link, it automatically downloaded on my laptop, I opened the download and the Groove Music application on my laptop opened. It then played the second most annoying sound in the world…the first being the sound Lloyd made in the Mutt Cutts van. :slight_smile:

I forgot to add, yes, I was able to import it into Audacity and play the second most annoying sound in the world.