Multiple problems since upgrading to 3.1.3 and Windows 11

I recently purchased a new laptop that automatically upgraded to Windows 11. I downloaded Audacity 3.1.3 (I’d been running a much older version on my previous laptop) to keep editing my next podcast episode. Sadly, I’ve run into one issue after another. The file gets corrupted (“can’t read from Drive D:”). There’s major slow down when I copy and paste excerpts from one Audacity project to another. Now when I highlight a section to generate silence, it does what I can only describe as “phantom deletion” and doesn’t actually generate any silence. I’ve tried a few solutions that I’ve seen in other forums (most notably using Audacity Rescue), but I keep running into problems. This is the fifth time I’ve edited this episode because sometimes Audacity won’t render MP3’s or WAV’s. I’m not sure what the cause of all this is, and I’m starting to regret upgrading to 3.1.3.

Can anyone help me?

What is “drive D”?

I’m not sure if this explains everything (or anything) but the new AUP format doesn’t work on FAT drives so it won’t work with a thumb drive, or some network or cloud drives, etc. And I think it blocks you from saving a WAV file to a thumb drive so you might have to save to “C” first, and then copy it.

Correct that it doesn’t work on FAT formatted thumb drive - it works gine with exFAT and NTFS formatted thumb drives - nut I woudn’t recommend that for ant serious production work.

No that is NOT the case = you can export a WAV file to a (FAT formatted thumb drive)


What is “drive D”?

It would be super good to get an answer to that.

Is that a network drive in your house or a cloud drive somewhere on the internet? Does D:\ stick around if you disconnect the internet and/or shut down WiFi? Audacity can give all sorts of stability problems if you force it to edit directly on a Google Drive for one popular example.


That is exactly correct. If you are getting this error then your .aup project file is corrupted. To repair it see: Corrupt or Otherwise Broken Audacity Project Recovery

“Drive D:” is my Seagate portable hard drive. Does Audacity not like those, either?