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04-05-2019 09:48 AM
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Our company had a survey done in 2004. The computer the information was stored on died but I was able to access the hard drive and transfer all the files to our current computer.  We previously used ArcView 8 and Arc Reader and I know those versions are no longer supported. My question is this – Are the files I saved from the old computer truly the data we need to be able access the survey or is the data lost for good? I tried talking to customer service and they could not/would not transfer me to technical support unless I had a current license. I cannot see a reason to buy a new license at $1500.00 if the data is lost. File extensions are .dbf  .prj  .sbn   .sbx   .shp   .shx

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Hi Laura,

You should be good to go with those file extensions, but you can test this by setting up a free trial account. You can try uploading the shapefiles in a zipped folder to a trial ArcGIS Online organization or download ArcGIS Pro and try to open them. If either works, then you're good to go with buying a license.

https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/trial

Hope this helps!

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