Last part of my mp3 file imported in is missing

Audacity 2.0 on Windows XP Professional
Fujitsu Lifebook E8410

I am importing a 2:18:40 minute (158 MB) mp3 file of a lecture into Audacity 2.0.

When Audacity finishes importing, I can edit only the first (approximately) 1:45 minutes.

What happened to the missing 23 mintues?

I can edit only

You can’t edit it, or it’s just not there?

The space for it is there, but it’s silent?

Does the whole thing play in Windows Media?


There is no Audacity 2.0. There are 2.0.x versions: 2.0.3, 2.0.5, etc.


The first 1:45 minutes of the 2:18 minute file is there, ready for editing. The sound wave is visible, but after 1:45, it flatlines. It’s as if only 1:45/2:18 of the mp3 file is imported. It does play in realplayer.

The version of Audacity is Version 2.0.0 (Unicode) released on March 3, 2012.

No. The full show is importing but the last 33 minutes is damaged. The timeline goes all the way to 2 hours 18 minutes. Right? That’s very different from the whole show stopping dead at 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Do you have enough hard drive space to do the import? Audacity will not edit an MP3 file. It converts MP3 to its own own high quality internal format to make editing easier and more seamless. It also gets huge.

How much drivespace do you have? I’m also assuming you’re not trying to edit across a network or anything like that. Audacity doesn’t like networks very much.


If the problem comes back after ensuring you have at least 20 GB of disk space, try File > Save Project As… to your Desktop or Music folder before importing the MP3.

If Save Project makes a difference then some clean up tool is interfering with your Audacity temporary directory (Edit > Preferences… > Directories).