I am running Audactiy 2014 (2.0) on Windows 7. This past weekend, we did a live recording, and it recorded fine, and I saved the file, exported it as a WAV and an MP3. When I went back in the next day, the wav and mp3 were not there, and the original Audacity file was wiped clean. There was nothing on it. Can anyone tell me what might have happened?
I have no idea what went wrong, but I’m betting that you never had a WAV or MP3 file.
Did you play the WAV & MP3 to make sure they were good? You aren’t loosing any other files from you hard drive, are you?
As far as I know, there is no way for Audacity to delete a WAV/MP3 file (except from the Windows File → Open dialog, which allows you to delete, copy, rename files, and all of the other normal Windows functions).
No, I did not check them. I was just going through the normal motions, you know? I know for sure it recorded, I was sitting right there next to it, watching it. OK, I guess it is just lost then. This has never happened before, and we did a live recording 20 minutes before this one with the wav and mp3 file that did just fine-all the files are where they are supposed to be. I hope its just a freak thing.
Thanks for your help
There is no such thing made by us. Audacity 2.0 was released in 2012. We will only offer support for official 2.0.x versions of Audacity here, so I suggest you uninstall the Audacity version you have then install 2.0.5 from Audacity ® | Download for Windows .
After installing 2.0.5, click Edit > Preferences… then choose “Directories” on the left. Make sure the Audacity temporary directory is set to a drive that has plenty of space, and that you have permission to write there.
If you have Norton, turn off its Windows Temporary File Cleaner or it may delete your recordings as you make them. Check other clean up programs to make sure they are not deleting temporary files.