Audacity Recording Recovery: Recover Deleted and Unsaved Audacity Recordings

Tracy King updated on Aug 06, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


If your Audacity suddenly crashes, or you accidentally delete recordings, do you know where to find the lost audio files? This page tells how to restore deleted or unsaved Audacity recordings and audio files in Windows PC with efficient methods. And if you are having a similar problem on Audacity, follow this article to see how can you recover recordings on Audacity now.

Here in this article, you’ll find two parts for resolving almost all of your problems with Audacity recordings:

Part 1. Where are Audacity audio files saved
Part 2. How to restore unsaved Audacity audios/Can I recover deleted Audacity recordings
Method 1. Restore files in 3 steps with audio recovery software
Method 2. Find lost tracks/recordings from exported files
Method 3. Find unsaved tracks in Audacity temporary folder

Audacity, a powerful & free multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows and Mac users, enabling you to record live audio, record computer playback and even convert tapes, records into recordings. 
You can also use this software to edit various sound files. What will you do when you accidentally delete audio files on Audacity? You may wonder where to find your lost Audacity recordings, right? Read on to get the answers:

Audacity recordings recovery.

Part 1. Where are Audacity audio files saved

So where does Audacity save those audio files or recordings? How to find saved records on a computer when you delete them from Audacity?

Here is a default location of Audacity data folder and by navigating to the right path, you should be able to find your audacity videos by then:

For Windows Users:
C:\Users\<your username>\AppData\Local\Audacity\SessionData

For Mac Users:
/Users/<your username>/Library/Application Support/audacity/SessionData

Do notice that you should at least remember where did you install Audacity on your computer so to find the right path to your recordings.

Part 2. How to restore unsaved/deleted Audacity audio files

If you happen to delete saved Audacity audio files, what can you do to restore them? Form the recycle bin? No, mostly, when you delete files on Audacity, they are not removed to the recycle bin.

And some of you may also want to know whether it is possible to find or restore unsaved Audacity recordings when it suddenly crashes, right? Don’t worry if you need a resolution to these problems, read on to see how to regain your recordings:

Method 1. Restore Audacity recordings with audio recovery freeware

A time-saving and effective way to restore lost or deleted recordings on Audacity is to apply a powerful audio recovery software for help. Here you may try the 100% secure file recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition to restore your deleted or lost audios or recordings on your computer.

If you are a Mac user, please choose the Mac version to install on your computer and restore the lost records.

Step 1: Connect your device to PC

Insert the SD card of your voice recorder or the device on which you lost voice recordings to your PC.

Step 2: Run file recovery software

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.
  • Select the location of your device where you lost voice recordings.
  • Click "Scan" to start scanning and finding lost files.
Run file recovery software.

Step 3: Preview and restore

  • Let the program scan and find all lost voice recordings.
  • Check Deleted Files and Drive (with your device name) to find lost recordings.
Scan and find voice recordings.
  •  If nothing is found, check "Lost Partition Files" and "Extra Files" two tabs.
  • "Filter" can help you quickly find lost recordings.
  •  Preview and click "Recover" to save them to a secure location on your PC.
Save and restore voice recordings.

If it finds your lost audios, you can restore 500MB files for free. If your data are more than 500MB, you can share it on your social media account to gain another 500MB capacity.

Method 2. Find lost tracks/recordings from exported files

Audacity also has another feature that you can directly find lost tracks or recordings from the exported files with ease.

Please do notice that this only works when you have exported those tracks or recordings by using File > Export commands.

  • Open the folder or storage devices which contains your Audacity recordings.
  • Copy and save them back on your computer, then run Audacity to check if it can play the file.
  • If it works, congratulations! You’ve got your recordings back.

If you didn’t export the recordings, your last way is to apply powerful file recovery software for help. If you’ve turned on the AutoSave feature in Audacity, you can try to find the AU files - original Audacity recording files on your computer hard drive. 

When you fail to do so, Method 1 is your best choice.

Method 3. Find unsaved tracks in Audacity temporary folder

The last way that you can try is to find your unsaved tracks or recordings in Audacity temporary folder. Usually, the temporary folder is saved on the same drive where you install Audacity. If you don’t know where to find the temporary folder, try this: 

  • Go to File > Preference > Directory in Audacity. (Then you'll be able to see the exact path of the Audacity temporary folder on your computer.)
  • Open the Temporary folder and then check whether the unsaved AU files are there. If you’ve set Audacity to remove temp data, the chance to restore your unsaved Audacity files may minimize then.

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

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If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

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5. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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