Recover Deleted GarageBand Files/Tracks on Mac

You can use GarageBand to create multiple tracks and voice recordings. If you happen to lose GarageBand files due to accidental deletion, app crash, hard drive corrupted, or other possible reasons, you can use the AutoSave feature and EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to recover deleted or lost GarageBand files effectively.

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GarageBand File Recovery Overview

GarageBand is a music creation application for macOS and iOS that allows users to create music, podcasts, and mix their own songs. The standard format of the GarageBand file is AIFF. This file size is huge because it's uncompressed. Therefore, many users would like to transfer the GarageBand files from Mac to other storage devices or delete some unwanted ones to free up Mac space, which has become a cause of data loss inadvertently.

Except for the accidental deletion during clearing up memory, other reasons, like GarageBand crash or upgrade, hard drive formatting, or virus attack will also lead to GarageBand file missing. At this time, you can refer to the following two available ways to recover the deleted GarageBand files and tracks.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Method 1. Recover Unsaved GarageBand Files from AutoSave Step 1. Open GarageBand Project and select "Show Package Contents".
Step 2. Open the "Media folder".
Step 3. Copy any .aif files...Full steps
Method 2. Recover Deleted GarageBand Files with Software Step 1. Select the GarageBand files drive.
Step 2. Scan the drive to find lost files.
Step 3. Preview and recover...Full steps

Method 1. Recover Unsaved GarageBand Files on Mac from AutoSave

If you have created the GarageBand file and saved it on your Mac before, then you can apply the AutoSave feature to recover the unsaved file. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Command-click the problem GarageBand Project and select "Show Package Contents".

Step 2. In the window showing the package contents, open the "Media folder".

Step 3. Copy any .aif files out of the package and put them somewhere safe.

Step 4. Finally, import the .aif files into a new GarageBand Project.

recover deleted GarageBand files

If you have lost the GarageBand files unsaved for program crash or Mac shutting down unexpectedly, you can try this way to recover the lost data. For other reasons result in removing GarageBand files permanently, move to the next solution. 

Method 2. Recover Deleted GarageBand Files/Tracks with Data Recovery Software

If your GarageBand files get lost due to accidental deletion or some other reasons, and the AutoSave doesn't work, you can ask EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac for help. With this powerful tool, you can recover the deleted GarageBand audio files and tracks without effort.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is capable of recovering deleted files from recycle bin, hard drive, memory card, SD card, digital camera, etc. More importantly, it provides two protection options, Simple and Absolute protection, to safeguard essential files. Once the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is applied, it will protect your files in the long ride.

Now download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and recover lost GarageBand files.

Step 1. Search for lost files

Select the disk location to search for lost files (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) on macOS Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey, Ventura, and the latest Sonoma. Click the "Search for lost files" button.

Note: Before data recovery, you'd better click "Disk Backup" from the left sidebar to create a backup of your Mac to avoid further data loss. After backing up, the software can recover data from the Mac backup, and your computer can wirte new data again.

Recover Data Step1

Step 2. Go through the scanning results

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results.

Recover Data Step2

Step 3. Select the file(s) and recover

In the scan results, select the file(s) to preview and click the "Recover" button to have them back.

Recover Data Step3

Bonus Tip: How to Fix GarageBand "Audio File not Found"

In some cases, when users want to open a GarageBand file, they can only see a popped-up notice saying "audio file not found". Here we have listed some solutions for you to solve the problem.

Step 1. Note down the name of the file, then do a Command-F finder search for it.

Step 2. If you can find the file on your hard drive, then follow the next steps. If you can't, then you're done, sorry.

Step 3. Locate the error GB .band file, and control-click on the file. Select "Show Package Contents" in the popup menu.

Step 4. Find the file named "projectData" and another folder named "Media".

Step 5. Change the file name and make a duplicate copy of the missing audio file and drop it into the Media folder.

The above steps might help you fix the GarageBand "Audio file not found" problem.

The Bottom Line

This article is mainly about how to recover lost GarageBand files. Generally, AutoSave is the first method you could try. If it can't help, professional data recovery software like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can also get rid of the problem. At last, if the GarageBand tells you "Audio file not found", try the method mentioned above. Hope you can solve your problem successfully.

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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