Lost _data file, is recovery possible with only the .aup?

So my friends and I recently recorded the first few hours of a podcast we’re trying to start, and we used my laptop to record. Before I edited the projects, however, my computer’s graphics card burned up and I had to go get it replaced; they told me they would have to wipe the hard drive, but I decided that I had essentially no important files and just selected the ones I needed and put them on dropbox. Being new to audacity, I think I missed the _data files for the projects, and they got wiped with the hard drive. Now I’m only left with the .aup files, and I would love to be able to get my recordings back. Is there anything I can do?

Mac OS High Sierra Version 10.13.4
Audacity Version 2.2.2

When I try to open the files, I get the “can’t find project data folder” and “can’t open file” errors.

Thanks so much for your help!

Unfortunately, if the _data folder was wiped then that’s the end of it. The audio data is in the _data folder, so if the _data folder is gone, then so is the audio.

The AUP file is the manager. It tells Audacity what to do with all that stuff in the _DATA folder.


Dammit, thank you guys for your help