i was working on a large session that included mp3 and wav files from many different sessions. i had been anxious to save such a large session because of lack of disk space (whether that makes sense or not unsure, happy to admit that was a stupid mistake), regardless when i would end task and then reopen audition at any later date i would always just get the pop up that "a previous session of adobe audition quit unexpectedly. you make continue the session delete it or continue ..etc" i would then restart my project right from where i left off.
after the last time doing this abruptly and shutting down and restarting my computer i no longer receive the "quit unexpectedly" prompt.
now i am very worried i have lost weeks of work.
i have located a temp file from last night in the folder C:\Users\j\AppData\Local\Temp\Adobe\Audition\5.0 but can not figure out how to open this recovery file.
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You have to open the session from where you saved it. Chances are that this will show up in the 'Open Recent' list, so should be easy to locate. You can't include MP3 files directly in a session; all the files have to be opened in the session format, so they will have been converted, and you should have been given a prompt to save them - if you didn't do this, then I'm not totally surprised that you got the 'quit unexpectedly' message.
In Multi-track, temp files don't exist as such - those are only created in Waveform view to enable the undo function, and as a recording buffer. All files in Multi-track are written directly to disk, but if you've inserted MP3 files and not saved them, then they'd be in some sort of temp buffer - but not in any way they could be retrieved.
The key to getting your session back though is the session file. Without that, you're stuffed.
And if you are using the latest version of Audition hopefully you had Auto Save and Backup turned on so your session files will have been backed up somewhere safe. So you shouldn't have lost more than the last few minutes of your session work.
how did you resolve it ?
Wasn't ryclark's problem - it was the OP's, and there has been no response for two years.