getting error message when opening files

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A couple of months ago I ripped some tapes with audacity,most of the audacity files have been opened previously without any problem. Today I tried opening some and I get a message it cannot read the files. The only thing i’ve done lately is last night I tried amplifying/normalizing one file and i remember it saying this would be the default setting next time. Doubt this is related but it is only happening since that change. This is really annoying as I obviously don’t want to have to record all the tapes again. The file I edited and normalised yesterday does open fine, it’s the only one. I’ve tried using that import raw it suggests but it just gives me a second of noise in place of the audio file. Pretty much all the audacity (.aup) files on one external HDD won’t open. I found some others on another HDD which do open without problem. I am running latest version 2.1.0 on mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.1
then I started getting this error msg -
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Many thanks for any suggestions!

Some thing strange I noticed, these files that won’t open are stored on an ipod i’m using for nothing more than storage. Up until today also the ipod would connect without problems and automatically start syncing things, but today it’s giving me a strange message when I connect the ipod, saying itunes cannot read the contents.

So i thought to try to move these files somewhere else and see if they open properly from somewhere else, but i couldnt even move them, it gave me the following eroor when i tried -
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Please double-check you are using File > Open… and not File > Import… .

If that is the same project I assume you then tried File > Open… .

Please attach the AUP file. Please see here for how to attach files:


It is better to store the AUP file and _data folder for the project on your local computer if possible.

Have you tried quitting Audacity and disconnecting iPod before moving?

Remember, be careful about this. You only move two items (1) the AUP file (2) the _data folder that has the same name as the AUP file. Otherwise you may break the project.

And you have to move (or copy) those two items to the same local folder on your computer.


thanks for the help guys, I didn’t think that storing files on portable devices wasn’t a good idea but now you mention it it makes sense, thanks.

I haven’t had a chance to look more into this but will do one evening this week and feed back, thanks!