A recent topic “Error: Disk full or not writable” provided comments about Audacity’s use of memory, both in RAM and on disk (be it HDD or SSD).
Were I editing the audio-book “Chris Greaves his life and times - 1946-2019-” I would probably buy a separate HDD/SSD for the backups and recovery of this very important work.
But when I am editing a piece of JSMill or JSBach, a mere thirty seconds long, well of course I place little importance on my time.
For one thing, there is a nightly backup of all data to a USB drive, and then a grandfather backup to a separate USB drive each Sunday night.
In short, I am not too worried about “losing my work in Audacity”, whether it is my memoirs or a piece of non-fiction.
My limited understanding is that Audacity goes to great lengths to manipulate my data in a safe and secure manner; good for Audacity.
Indeed I can hear my HDD on the Acer Pressario (probably not even for sale anymore) churning away in the background; whole lotta shakin’ going on.
I suspect, but do not know, that if there were a Preferences toggle for “inhibit all backups, checkpoints, interim saves” that my crude editing work would proceed much faster.
I am not well-versed in Audacity terminology, but given my usually simple editing tasks, i would trade any sort of security for a stripped-for-speed version of Audacity available through such a toggle. This would be the equivalent of removing all but the driver’s seat in my 1993 Hyundai Excel automobile that is used solely to carry me about town.
Question: Is such a modification to Audacity possible?
(the answer ought to be yes. but …)
Question: So how expensive would it be?
(the answer ought to depend on how well Audacity is coded; how easy it would be to test the toggle at each point where any sort of backup or safety write-to-disk occurs).