Export error lead to missing data blocks

Hi guys,

I am hoping some of you may be able to shed some light on an issue I have had with recording on version 2.2.1, I had been recording a podcast and stopped recording to save the project and then export what had already been recorded as a WAV. I then continued the recording and then attempted to do the same but when I exported the WAV file this time I got an error message. In my panic, I don’t remember exactly what it was and only remember it was a small amount of text and I think the jist of it was that it couldn’t be exported and everything on the timeline ended up disappearing. I closed the project and re-opened it hoping that it may have survived but it was all gone. I now have the missing data blocks scenario and have read up on other peoples questions about this but unfortunately for me they’re not like my situation as mine came from attempting to export the recording. It seems other people have had the issue when moving files/folders, editing a project etc. I’ve tried some of the suggestions seen for those scenarios like looking in the _data folders but mine only contain recordings that were made on the first part of the recording.

It went like this:
Recorded about 20 minutes of Audio > stopped > save project > export audio (I have this still and the data blocks) > hit record again and recordedanother 15 or so minutes > stopped > save project > attempted export and lost data blocks for only that section and didn’t export.

It seems that as soon as the WAV exporting did not work that suddenly the data block files also went missing. Do any of you have any suggestions that you think could help? Thanks

I would highly recommend that you update. The current version is 2.3.2 and is available via the Audacity website: Audacity ® | Download for Windows

Unfortunately I don’t think we will be able to identify the root of the problem without the actual error message.

My “guess” is that it was due to a bug in 2.2.1 (now fixed), in which overwriting a project using “Save As” (rather than the usual “Save” command), could cause loss of data.

Only that you update Audacity at your earliest convenience.