Hello, i am desperate with a situation here:

I am recording track by track ( main guitar, solos, voice, etc) and today appeared a message saying that i had no space to the automatic save. Then i shut down audacity once i had already saved some time before. THen i decided to move the au files that were filling my documents folder to my external disk, in order to gain some space on the disk. But then when i reopened the file i noticed that along the recorded sound there are gaps of silence and i don’t know what to do to get the whole file back.

I forgot to say that when it opens it says that some files are missing and gives me some options that doesn’t fit my intent to get the old good whole file again

Thank you for your help. Bless you.


One of the Audacity operating modes is to not make personal, internal copies of music files you included, but to just point to external music files when their time comes. If you move Audacity or the music files, when it comes times to play them, Audacity goes out looking for them and they’re gone.

So you need to put the external music files back – or back where Audacity is expecting to find them.

You can open up your AUP file in a text editor and read it. Yours will be a little messier than this one, I cleaned it up to make it easier to read, but this is the idea.

When this show opens, Audacity is going to go to /Users/koz/Desktop/piano2.wav to find the music. Your location will be different, of course. If you “cleaned up” the files by moving or deleting the files, then you may have no show.

You can change the AUP file, too. You have to edit it so it points to the new location of the music files. They appear in two places, so be careful when you edit.


THank YOU for your quick response.

I have copied now all the ( 00ed… ) something like this to the temp file, but now i have another problem:

When i try to open the file itself it shows a box saying that the file doesn’t exist. All i did was to move it to a folder with the same name " musicX_data", the file is there with the same 46 Kb so i don’t understand how the file is gone.

But anyway, now i have all the .au back in the folder my documents ( the defined location) and the aup file. Although i cannot open the musicX.aup i have some older saves that could be handy if i could make them complete with all the information that was lost with the operation that i mentioned on the first post. So…

I would like to change the location where the audacity goes to pick the files but you’re right its preety messy the text. I never did this before so… i hope i will get there.

Thank you once more, i will bring more news.

If you inspect my illustration, you find that the piano2.wav file is listed twice, once for left and once again for right. You have to hit them both. I think you can do this in notepad by making the window really wide. The lines of code straighten out when you do that.

I think you can use WordPad, too, but you have to be careful to save the file as an aup file, not rich text (rtf) or a Word Document (doc).

You might find it handy to stop Windows from hiding finename extensions so you can tell what’s going on.

– 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

So you get what’s happening? You can send that aup file to Andalusia and it will still point back to your broken hard drive for the music.