Have you ever found yourself in a messy situation where a project developed a glitch or crashed on you? Or you’ve encountered a FLP file that won’t open up anymore because it is corrupted? This post right here will show you how to recover corrupted project file from crashed session in FL Studio, in order to get out of such tacky situations in the future. Almost every DAW out there has a way of backing up projects in case of such unforseen occurrences, FL Studio is not an exception. It comes equipped with a fully customizable ‘auto-save’ feature, as well as a backup bank folder to make redeeming your projects as easy as it could be.
Recovering corrupted or crashed project in FL Studio
If what you are here for is to quickly learn how to recover your lost project, here it is. FL Studio’s auto save feature is enabled by default, so if you have not earlier tampered with the settings, it means the backup of your project will be stored in the projects ‘backup’ folder. To locate it; open FL Studio, check the upper part of the browser menu (the left part of the interface). There you’ll see the backup folder as shown in the image below. This folder will contain the last 20 saves made from the recent project, either automatically or manually. Each file is labeled with the previous project name ‘overwritten at’ and the particular ‘time’ it was saved. Usually in 24hrs.
Select the most recent one, or the desired point of restoration, then you’ll have back your project. To save this, you should go to file options and select ‘save as’, then you can save it with the name of the corrupt file. If it is still contained in the folder, it will ask you if you want to overwrite, to which you should click yes. If you will love to access the files in order to copy to another location for future recall, they are located in the windows directory : (C):\Program Files \Image-Line\FL 12\Data\Backup
Auto save to the rescue
To avoid any such risk of losing your project progress in the future, you should set up and make use of the auto save feature. When working on a session in your DAW, you can get easily carried away and forget to manually save often by pressing Ctrl + S buttons. Imagine forgetting to save your project for about 30 minutes to 1 hour, and then your DAW suddenly acts up. Maybe it gets frozen, crashes or you even experience sudden power outage, then poof!, about 1 hour of progress goes down the drain. A performance you might not be able to replicate anymore, ever. This can be highly painful. So, the best thing to do here is to make use of the inbuilt auto save feature, to save yourself from regrets. It can be located by going to the ‘OPTIONS’ menu, then select ‘File settings’.
Thankfully, it is customizable, so you can choose the best suitable option for you. Here are the options of ‘auto save’ available for you to choose from:
Never (just remind every 10 min) – Choosing this, backup files are made. The reminder to save your project will appear in the Hint Bar if 10 minutes elapse without a manual save.
Rarely (every 15 minutes) – Backups are made on every manual save AND every 15 minutes UNLESS FL Studio is playing, then the autosave is postponed until the project is stopped.
Occasionally (every 10 minutes) – Backups are made on every manual save AND every 10 minutes UNLESS FL Studio is playing, then the autosave is postponed until the project is stopped.
Regularly (every 5 minutes) – Obviously, backups are made on every manual save AND every 5 minutes UNLESS FL Studio is playing, then the autosave is postponed until the project is stopped.
Frequently (every 5 minutes & before risky operations) – Backups are made on every manual save AND on critical operations AND every 5 minutes, even when FL Studio is playing and before adding plugins.
There you have it people. Just choose the best option suitable for your workflow, and your projects will be save. No more fear of total loss. You should also read up on how automation can make your music composition more interesting and lively. Happy music making.