You can confuse “Recent Files.” Did you actually go down the directory path to see where your files are rather than depending on Audacity to find them? If you remember what names you used, can Windows search find them?
Did you save Audacity Projects, or did you actually Export real sound files?
Hi Gale - Thanks very much for your informative message. I didn’t realise I was doing it like that.
O.K. I looked for the ‘Audacity Projects’ file but found an ‘Audacity’ file instead. Some of the missing files are there but they seem to be all chopped up into 4 or 6 second pieces. Sorry to be so thick but I don’t understand what is going on.
Are the complete projects to be found elsewhere on the HD?
As I said, the AUP file is the file you have to look for and open.
When you open the AUP it has to look in the _data folder for that project, because the AUP is nothing more than a text file that tells Audacity how to string together the short AU files that live in the _data folder. It’s no use opening the small AU files.
The _data folder has the same name as the AUP and must live in the same folder as the AUP.
So if you found some of the AU files, they should be inside a _data folder. The AUP file you want should be in the same folder as that _data folder. For example, “Guitar.AUP” must be in the same folder that the “Guitar_data” folder is in, or “Guitar.AUP” won’t open.
We can’t tell you where you saved the AUP files because you choose where to save them.
I suggest opening Windows Explorer and using the function to search for files. Assuming you are on Windows Vista or 7, select your hard drive in the list on the left of Explorer then type in the search box top right: