How can I change the drive where Audacity temporary storages things (i.e. normalized tracks)

I’m using Audacity 2.2.1 for a Windows 10x64 system.

I’m working with a very long track (45 mins) and I wanted to normalize the track. However, as one of my drives (C) is full, Audacity does not let me complete the effect process. I want to change the drive to another where I have a lot of space (i.e. say Drive D). Does some one know how can I do this?

Thanks for the help.

Preferences > Directories.

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That’s what it looks like on a Mac. Yours will say something else.


Running any app on a full C:\ drive is insanely dangerous.



Thanks for the response.

Once a project has been saved, Audacity uses the save “_data” folder rather than the temp folder. So, for example, if you want to use a Z:\ drive for temporary storage (just once, without affecting Audacity preferences), you can launch Audacity, then use “File menu > Save Project As” and save to the Z:\ drive, then all data for that project will be written to the “_data” folder on the Z:\ drive.

Note that it is not recommended to write directly to external drives. Audacity requires that the drive is always available (an external drive may not always be available). If the drive is not available when Audacity needs it, that could cause Audacity to freeze, crash, or lose data. You may get away with using a USB drive provided that the computer is not working too hard, but network drives usually cause problems.