| From "Miguel Serra" <miguelius@...>
| Thu, 29 Jun 2006 20:39:14 +0000
| Hey there. I have a big problem concerning audacity on my computer right
| now. I accidentally kept recording a track over bight and forgot to stop it,
| pretty much filling up the storage capacity on my computer. I tried to
| delete the file once I saw what had happened but the computer crashed and I
| wasn;t able to find the file anymore since I never got a chance to save it
| and name it. I tried doing a search for .au files to see which ones had been
| modified recently but I couldn;t find the ones that had taken up all the
| space. How can I retrieve sound files that have not been named/saved? I'm
| down to only 3GBs on my computer now and it's really important that I can
| find this and delete it. Thanx for your time and help!
Since you had not saved the recording as a Project, the .au files will probably
still be in your Audacity temporary folder. The location of this folder is as
specified in Audacity Preferences > Directories, and the .au files are always
split into ten second chunks so it won't be apparent that any individual one is
taking up more space than another. However if you simply restart Audacity
it should ask you if you want to delete the files in its temporary folder. If
you choose "yes", the temporary files and the space problem should be gone.
If the file space is not released, go to the "Directories tab" as above to find
the location of Audacity's temporary folder, close Audacity, navigate to the
temporary folder in your File Manager and delete it. It will be recreated
when you restart Audacity.
This does not get you back your recording. Alternatively, when restarting
Audacity you can click "no" when Audacity asks if it should delete the
temporary files. Then navigate to the temporary folder in your file manager
as above, open it, sort the .au files by date then delete those created
after the time your recording should have ended. This will release disk
space then you can recover the remaining .au files that represent what
you had intended to record using Crash Recovery Utility. See :
Please note the .au files need to be numbered consecutively when
input to the Crash Recovery Utility or errors will occur in the program.
If this problem occurs you can open Audacity's temporary folder in your
system File Manager and try resorting them by time modified and then
batch renaming the .au files using a numeric sequence whilst they are
sorted by modified time. If your file manager does not have a suitable
tool, you should be able to obtain suitable free tools on the internet.
Also note there is a 2 GB maximum size for any WAV file created from
reconstructing the temporary files and there may be errors if this size
is exceeded. In that case you would need to split the .au files in the
temporary folder into two or more groups, each containing
consecutively numbered files, and recover each group separately.
Here is how you can set Audacity to stop recording after a set period
1. Turn on "Play other tracks while recording new one" in the "Audio I/O"
section of the preferences.
2. Choose "New Audio Track" from the Project menu.
3. Zoom out if necessary, then on the new track click the point where you
want to start the recording and drag the point to right to select the
amount of time you want to record.
4. Start recording. Audacity will start recording in a new track and stop
recording automatically when it reaches the end of the selected area in
the track above.
Or you could try this recording scheduler for Audacity, if you are on
Windows. It allows you to set the recording start time automatically
as well as the stop time. It requires Audacity to be installed in its default
location of "C\Program Files\Audacity"
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