Recover missing files due to bug.

I received this warning (in the attached file) when I opened a project up.

Is there anyway to recover these files? This project meant so much to me & I really don’t want to lose it. Also, is there a way to prevent this from happening? It seems to occur more frequently now.

I’m using version 2.2.2.
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Probably not. If you have a backup copy of the project, that is by far your best bet.

Upgrading to the current Audacity 2.4.2 would be a good idea. It is available via the Audacity website: Audacity ® | Download for Windows