Won't read or write to external harddrive (D:)

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Re: Won't read or write to external harddrive (D:)

Post by dicenloot21 » Mon Apr 19, 2021 10:00 pm

I can save .txt files to the harddrive with no problem.

To answer the other questions, yes i could run .aup files from C:\ but i don't have the room on that drive to maintain so many files, and i got the download from the audacity website, not a third-party site.

When i attempt to open the app permissions, it does not give any options other than to uninstall.

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Re: Won't read or write to external harddrive (D:)

Post by steve » Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:00 am

To check the hard drive permissions:

1. Open "ThisPC"
2. Right click on the external hdd and select "Properties"
3. Click on the "sharing" tab.
Does it say that the drive is shared?

4. If the drive is shared, click the "Advanced sharing" button.
5. In the "Advanced sharing" window, click the "permissions" button.
6. Take a screenshot of the permissions window.
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Re: Won't read or write to external harddrive (D:)

Post by dicenloot21 » Tue Apr 20, 2021 1:02 pm

The drive is not shared.

I saw that they released 3.0.2
Should I download that and see if i have better luck?

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Re: Won't read or write to external harddrive (D:)

Post by steve » Tue Apr 20, 2021 1:51 pm

dicenloot21 wrote:
Tue Apr 20, 2021 1:02 pm
Should I download that and see if i have better luck?
You can certainly try it, though I'm not aware of any recent changes in Audacity that relate to this.
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Re: Won't read or write to external harddrive (D:)

Post by kozikowski » Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:00 pm

the hard drive is connected via a usb cable.
How long is the USB cable? These are some of the same symptoms that Audacity exhibits when it tries to manage cloud drives with notoriously sloppy access.

What was the drive before this one?

Is it spinning metal and not Solid State? Does it try to "go to sleep" periodically during operation? That can cause access problems.

The advice for Cloud Drives is do all the work on an internal drive and do all the transfers on and off the "drive" outside of Audacity. Only use the services for archive and long storage, not second-by-second editing.

Avoid doing production in MP3. MP3 creates sound damage and it gets worse as you edit. You can't stop it.
i could run .aup files from C:\ but i don't have the room on that drive to maintain so many files
If you can't edit an hour show on your internal drive, you may have just posted the real problem.

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Re: Won't read or write to external harddrive (D:)

Post by dicenloot21 » Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:10 pm

The usb cable is about 6 -8 inches long.

(https://www.staples.com/seagate-2tb-bac ... 7yEALw_wcB ) is what I have.

Before the Seagate External HDD (D:\) I was using a flash drive. I do not know if it is solid state or not. I also do not know if it "sleeps".

As for my C:\ drive, i run a photography business and most of my internal harddrive is photos.

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Re: Won't read or write to external harddrive (D:)

Post by kozikowski » Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:35 pm

The drive specifications have the RPM as "Other" and it's powered from the USB cable, so it's probably an SSD and that's not it.

I think it's the Party Line that you upgrade to 3.0.2. It fixed a lot of problems in 3.0.0. If that still doesn't work, it's possible go back to 2.4.2 from the posted archives if you didn't keep the installer.

https://www.fosshub.com/Audacity-old.html

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Re: Won't read or write to external harddrive (D:)

Post by kozikowski » Tue Apr 20, 2021 5:02 pm

most of my internal harddrive is photos.
Are you following digital hygiene? Be able to point to two separate places that have your valuable work? Internal Drive, External Drive, Cloud Backup and Flash Drives all count as one. Two folders on your internal drive doesn't count. I recently rescued some valuable work from a large Windows machine because I had copied the work to a second internal hard drive. The main hard drive went into the dirt, but I got the work from the second drive.

Oddly, three or more doesn't count, either. Nobody keeps three drives current.

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Re: Won't read or write to external harddrive (D:)

Post by dicenloot21 » Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:05 pm

the photos on C:\ are backed up to a different external than the one I am currently trying to use for the podcast. I haven't tried moving my podcast files to the photo external hdd to see if it has the same problem.

but I did re-download 2.4.2 to work with my original files for now.

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Re: Won't read or write to external harddrive (D:)

Post by kozikowski » Wed Apr 21, 2021 2:51 pm

the photos on C:\ are backed up to a different external than the one I am currently trying to use for the podcast.
Are you going through a USB hub or other multi-point USB management system? Those have caused live production problems for years.

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