Exporting WAV , saves WAV , but recording is Data file

I export a recording to my music folder as a WAV 16 bit as per directions in the manual. It saves as a WAV file , but when I go the burn it to a CD I find that is a Data File. I saved some recording last week an had no problem saving as WAV file. What am I doing Wrong. Is there another music file I can use to copy these recordings to CD and play them in my car. Townfryers

See http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/burning_music_files_to_a_cd.html . We can’t see what burning software you are using unless you tell us, but it is usually best to drag the WAV file into a Playlist in the burning software. You then have to tell the software to burn an audio CD, not a data CD.

if you are not sure where you exported the WAV file to, start another export and Audacity will show you the directory you exported the last WAV to.


I have a Toshiba L755 with Windows 7. I am trying to save my music to either “My Documents - My music” or “C drive - public music.” I save the recording using Export -save file as WAV . When I open My Documents - My Music it shows the music saved as " type - File" and it will not play in Media Player. A week ago I recorded some music and saved the same way and it saved as " WAV" Thanks Townfryers

Do you mean “WAV (Microsoft) signed 16 bit PCM” ?
(Audacity can create other types of WAV file)

What file name are you giving it?

Microsoft will not willingly show you the file extension. MyMusic.wav will appear as just MyMusic to you in Windows. To reveal the filename extensions:

– Hidden File Extensions
– Start > My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > View > [ ] Hide Extensions for Known File Types (deselect)
– Apply (to this folder) or Apply to All Folders
– OK

This may go a long way to reveal what you actually have there if there is some doubt. If you see an extension and you have not told Windows to reveal them, then that could be part of the problem.


Depending where you are looking, a correctly saved WAV file should play even if you are hiding extensions (so that all you see is the name of the file and not “.WAV” after the name).

Do what Koz suggested, then look if there are any dots (periods) in the file name. Audacity would have warned you about saving a WAV with a dot in the name, but if you did it anyway, this will confuse Media Player about what type of file it is. If this is the problem, select the file in Explorer, press F2 on your keyboard then you can remove the unwanted dot or dots before “.WAV” (or replace them with a dash or underscore).

Both these problems are explained here: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/faq_opening_and_saving_files.html#extensions .