OS 10.11.3 auto recovery freezes

I lost my audio recording and the auto recovery hung up so I lost it. Is there any chance of finding it and recovering?

That’s very little to go on…

What happened just before you lost your recording? Did Audacity crash? Did you delete the .aup file, or the folder(s) with the .au audio data? Or something wildly different?

In case of an unwanted delete, if you’re fast, download Data Rescue - On another Mac! Install it to a different disk, attach your Mac in Firewire mode and see if Data Rescue can find the deleted files.

Look in TimeMachine. If you were lucky, it will be there.

Please tell us your version of Audacity (all three numbers, see the pink panel at the top of the page).

What did you do after auto recovery hung? If you closed Audacity normally and did not save changes, then the AUTOSAVE file Audacity is trying to recover from and the data itself has been deleted by Audacity and you are reliant on data recovery software as cyrano said.

If you saved changes with an empty or incorrect project window, then you don’t have the correct data any longer.

Assuming Audacity was completely frozen and you had to force quit it in Activity Monitor, then the AUTOSAVE file and the data should still exist.

If you force quit Audacity, open Finder, chose Go > Go to Folder and type:

~/Library/Application Support/audacity/AutoSave

Attach the AUTOSAVE file that is in that AutoSave folder. Please see here for how to attach files: https://forum.audacityteam.org/t/how-to-attach-files-to-forum-posts/24026/1

Also if you can access Help > Show Log… in Audacity after trying to recover the project, attach or paste that log.

If the data was never saved as an Audacity project and medic2medicpodcast did not change the default Audacity temporary directory of /private/var/folders, then the data won’t be in Time Machine because /private/var/folders is excluded from backup by default.


Ah ha. Tricky. I had forgotten about that little ‘gotcha’… thanks