Type your question: I accidentally erased the aup file, but I still have the raw data. How can I import it to create a useful audio file?
State the exact three-section version number of Audacity (for example 2.0.3). Audacity 2.0.5
State the exact version of your operating system (for example, Windows 7 x64 SP1 or OS X 10.5.8). Windows 7 HOme Premium
Please include full details of what you are trying to do.
I accidentally deleted teh aup file, but I still have teh data. Can I create a new project that is viable using audacity?
If you only recently deleted the AUP file and have another drive to recover the file to, you can try recovering the AUP file using file recovery software like Pandora for Windows ( http://www.pandorarecovery.com/download/ ) .
If preferred you have to follow http://wiki.audacityteam.org/index.php?title=Crash_Recovery#Automatic_recovery_tools . That is, sort the AU files in the project’s _data folder by name, rename them to a consecutive alphanumeric sequence then make one or more recovery WAV files using the 1.2 Recovery Utility. This only works for an unedited recording.
Also known as “undelete.” This stops working if you saved files or other work after you deleted the AUP file. When you delete something, Windows doesn’t actually remove the content, just the location addresses. The problem is the space becomes available for new saves. New saves will step on and crush the old deletes.
If you captured a sound session and didn’t edit it at all, then the recovery tools may work. If you did any editing or production on the show, you’re dead. The AUP file is the only way to keep track of that.
Can’t you also “Step Back” in Win7?
Yes there is a “Previous versions of files” feature: Windows help & learning . However it is tied to either making backups ( Windows help & learning ) or having system protection turned on and regularly creating Restore Points.
The Restore Points protection won’t help if you never modified the file before deleting it. Nether Restore Points or Backup will help if there was no Backup or Restore Point created after you modified the file.
Windows 8 still has Backup but replaces “Previous versions” with “File History” which is more like the Mac “Time Machine” system: Microsoft Windows Articles - dummies . “File History” has to be turned on before it works. It only backs up files in Desktop and Libraries, so if you want for example to include a partitioned drive in the File History, you have to include the partition in your Library. You can set File History to backup as frequently as every 10 minutes.