Running 2.1.3 on Windows 10 (64-bit). I have a project saved on an external hard drive. When I try to export audio from Audacity to any destination – the same external drive, another external drive, or the internal hard disk, exporting goes smoothly for a few seconds and then I hear the “device disconnected” tone. For whatever reason, the export process is causing my external drives to disconnect. Has anyone else had issues with this? No other program seems to cause this problem with my external drives. I can’t even save a copy of my project elsewhere without the drives disconnecting at random. It’s maddening!
Update: I got lucky, and made it through an entire export (it was a nearly hour-long file) without a disconnect, so I’m in the clear for this project. Still, it’s a buggy behavior, and will make me think twice about using Audacity for big projects in the future.
I would advise against running any audio production application with data from an external drive. Whether you’re using Audacity, ProTools, Cubase, or whatever, external drives are prone to dropping data when under time critical demand. Much better to transfer the data to a local drive first, do your editing, save to the local disk, then copy the saved project / exported files back to the drive when you’ve finished. Straight copying is not time critical, and external drives can handle that much better than “real-time” access.