Recovering lost audio files

I’m currently using Audacity 1.3 Beta and I was wondering If you could help me figure out if there’s a way to recover projects that I’d save correctly, but the machine denies to open.

I have had two problems:

  1. I’d saved a file of 3:00:00 of lenght. Before I saved it for the last time, everything was allright, but after all I didn’t know why, I opened it and the first Hour and a half seems to be mute. Althought every file is saved in _data folder, but they are all disorganized so I can’t loose that much time ordering it. So, Is there any way to organize it with out loosing that much time?

  2. The other one happened to me yesterday, after working 1:30:00 I saved the project and now is saying to me: ERROR: UNCLOSED TOKEN AT LINE 3. Why I always hadve problems with it? Is it my computer?

If you could please bring me a possible answer I would keep on working fine with the programm as I have been doing before.



Topic split.

Do you still have that project? If so, could you attach the .AUP file to your reply.

Try running Error Checking on your hard drive.
How big is the drive and how much free space is there?
Have you defragmented the drive recently? If not, defragment the drive after running error checking.

Steve, how are you? I still have, but I found a way to organize _data files by Windows organizing options by creation date. The point now, is… Is there any option in the programm to Import those _data folder files one after the other. Because if not, I’ll have to spend, again, a lot of time placing them one after the other one finishes. Do I explain myself? Thanks you! :slight_smile:

There are some recovery tools listed here:
I’ve not tried them.

I also wrote a Nyquist plug-in to allow batch importing files end-to-end. You can download it here:
Read both help screens before using the plug-in.

If you could attach the file that had the error “ERROR: UNCLOSED TOKEN AT LINE 3”, there may be a quick fix to that project, or at least some clue as to what is going wrong. To attach a file to your post, see the “Upload Attachment” tab below the message composing box.

It’s very common for newbies to save their editing changes to the original file and have hours – or days – worth of work under one Project. Much better to save progressive different Projects, so if you lose one, you can just open up the last one and you’ve only lost an hour or so of work.


If you can stand it, you can use full ISO date format 201112021530.aup You can open one of those up in a couple of years and know the production date and time down to the minute.

I put the time in my progressive backups so I can keep them straight – remember not to use punctuation in filenames. It’s 1430, not 2:30 O’Clock.

You should inspect your hard drive for fullness, quality and errors.

– Defrag
– Right Click Start > Explore > Right Click Local Drive C: > Properties (Used, Remaining)
– Tools > Error Checking & Defragmentation

If you’re working on a 90% full drive or one highly fragmented, you’re likely to have trouble. Defragment all the drives in your system.


Steven, how ar eyou doing? Hope you are fine. First of all, thanks for everything but I can’t really find any solution to this problem. The Ny file I don’t know how it works or how should I use it. Then, I would to attach three audios if you could recover them anyway It would be awesome. I’m kind of starting to feel fucking upset with it, because It always have some trouble. Really, Isn’t available a paid version for where I could work without any trouble? Thanks, Mark.

Filosofía, Social y Cultural -.aup (56.3 KB)

I’ve just got home from a 13 hour shift so I’ve not been available to reply to you.
I don’t see anything wrong with line 3 (though it’s better to avoid non-alpha-numeric characters in file names).
Is this the .AUP file that gave the error “UNCLOSED TOKEN AT LINE 3” ?