Featured Layers - OK to Delete Source?

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06-29-2020 04:14 PM
RobertJensen1
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When ArcGIS is converted to a  feature layer from say an shp file, is it ok to then delete that shp file? Or is the Featured Layer 'pulling' data from that initial shp file?

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CameronMcArtney
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Hi Robert Jensen,

Is this all within ArcGIS Online? Or are you using ArcGIS Pro/ArcMap?

Some background information on feature layers.

Feature layers—ArcGIS Pro | Documentation 

If you are in ArcMap/ArcGIS Pro can also right click on a feature layer, select properties, select source and see where it is pulling the data from. That will indicate if your shapefile is still being referenced.