Pinwheel of Death

OS High Sierra 10:13:6
Audacity 2.2.2

Download and install all went fine and clean.

Upon opening an Audacity file recorded on another computer (Windows), I get the pinwheel of death and Audacity won’t respond - needing to Force Quit. This happens on both the local and dropbox directories (where I get the files to).

This doesn’t happen with other files.

Any ideas?

Try copying or moving the file to a “normal” storage location before attempting to import / open it in Audacity. In the dropbox folder it may still be updating.

Audacity doesn’t understand Network Connected Storage.

It’s invisible to you, but networks have unstable delays, collision detection/resends, and outright missing data errors. To naïve software, that looks like a broken hard drive.