Very slow response on large files

I am using Audacity 2.2.2 and Windows home 10 build 1803.

I use Audacity for podcasting.

I have a 53 minute audio file. Simply zooming out so it is like 2 minutes visible to four and so on takes a long time. I timed it at 12-14 seconds to do such a simple command.

Is this normal? I am very new to this.

I have the files in a shared google drive. I use google file stream to access them from my PC. I thought it was a copy of the file on my hard drive. But maybe it is slow because it is communicating through windows and google file stream up to the cloud?

I will copy the same file to my hard drive and see if I have the same problem.

Excited to find a community of users to learn from! :smiley: :smiley:

It all depends on how slow or fast your PC is.

I regularly work on two hour projects - with my old laptop with its spinning meta hard disk Zoom to fit was similarly slow to your experience - but with my new hi-spec SSD laptop it is really qick to Zoom to fit a two hour (or even longer) project.

Audacity does not respond well over a network - much better to work with your project on your PC’s drive and the Export your final production to the networked Google drive.


I think I figured it out. I was storing files in my Google Drive. I made a copy to put on my PC and the problem seems to have resolved.

You can put archive work up there, but not real time production.


with my new hi-spec SSD laptop it is really qick

If you need a serious speed boost, SSD is the way to go. One guy at work and I had very similar laptops except I had the SSD. I had to do a task on his machine and I thought it was broken. “No,” he said, “It always works like that.”


I wish this forum had a way to up vote or thumb’s up… thanks Koz…