Help with retrieving recording files


First time Audacity user. I posted for the first time, yet I don’t know if I submitted it correctly.

I will try to explain as best as I can the situation.

I recorded training material and saved 3 ‘‘books’’ (it saved on my desktop with the audacity logo and name I gave each book, as well with a folder logo for each…I guess the folder contained the source files).

I named each track I recorded in each ‘‘book’’ by its section number, title, page number and paragraph. (example: Sec1 1.Leadership Page7 para. 3)

BY ACCIDENT, I deleted the first book (audacity logo version of the folder) I recorded and emptied the recycling bin so I could not recover it since I didn’t save the recovery system on my new computer. So all I have left for the first book is the ‘‘source folder’’.

Yet, when I open this folder, it opens a new window for each track and the track only plays a ‘‘snippet’’ or ‘‘part’’ of the entire track. For example, If I recorded the following words: Section 1 Leadership and results. As a leader, you are more then a title, you are a role model.

When I play that track, it only plays part of it. For example: leader, you are more then a title.

In addition, the file is saved under a letter and number id rather then the title I gave each track (For example e00000c6 RATHER then Sec1 1.Leadership Page7 para. 3).


Is there a way to find out the proper sequence of my recordings even though the titles I gave each files are not represented in this folder?

And if so, is there a way to link the various parts of a track together so it plays the full recording?

THAN YOU in advance

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The _data folder breaks the audio data into small AU files because Audacity can handle the data faster that way. The AUP file tells Audacity how to piece the AU files together correctly.

You no longer have the AUP file, only the _data folder.

As long as you did not edit the recording (in other words, if it was saved exactly as you recorded it) you can follow Recovering crashes manually to create a new WAV file from the files in the _data folder. Assuming you are using a 1.3.x or 2.x.x version of Audacity, you will have to sort the AU files into time order, then rename them into a consistent naming sequence, as explained in the above link.

If you edited the recording, you cannot recover it into the correct order. You would have to try file recovery software like Pandora ( ) to recover the AUP file, or if you have a backup of the AUP file, restore the backup.

When you make a recording, it is strongly recommended to export it as WAV, and not just save it as an Audacity project. Then all you need to do if you delete the project by mistake is to import the WAV file.

If you are working on a project over an extended period of time, you should also consider saving backups of the project at its different stages of progress. See How can I backup my Audacity Projects?.