When copying featureclasses from a file geodabase to SDE, retain the float dataype instead of converting to a double

Idea created by farrellc on Apr 21, 2017
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    I recently ran into the following problem:

    Problem: Data type in a feature class converts to double when exported from a non-spatial database to an ArcSDE geodatab… 

     

    I had assumed the data copied to the SDE geodatabase as it was defined in the file geodatabase.  We discovered later that the copy converted the float fields to doubles.  I would like a way to specify the precision and scale when copying a float to an sde geodatabase.  If this isn't possible, at a minimum, there should be a warning that the data is not copying as defined.