Mapping to an External Hard Drive in ArcPro (2.7.3)

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04-21-2021 10:04 AM
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EricPescatore
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I cannot find any documentation on this, is ArcPro unable to map to externally connected hard drives. Years ago they implemented the ability to map to network drives and drive letters.

I have a 4 TB image file on an external hard drive and I am unable to add a folder connection to it. Has anyone experienced this.

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DrVSSKiran
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Hi,

Please follow the below 4 step process.

 

You can see now here is my system drives

DrVSSKiran_0-1619028937793.png

 

 

Step 1: Now, I will be going to connect my external harddrive of 2 TB WDPaasport

DrVSSKiran_1-1619028937819.png

 

In above picture you will see now My Passport (D:)

Step 2: Open ArcGIS Pro

DrVSSKiran_2-1619028937878.png

 

Step 3:  Add folder connection in Catalog pane

DrVSSKiran_3-1619028937899.png

 

I have browsed and connected the demo folder from My Passport external hard drive (D: Drive)

Step 4: Select the image and drag and drop on top of base map

DrVSSKiran_4-1619028937923.png

 

 

 

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DrVSSKiran
Occasional Contributor II

Hi,

Please follow the below 4 step process.

 

You can see now here is my system drives

DrVSSKiran_0-1619028937793.png

 

 

Step 1: Now, I will be going to connect my external harddrive of 2 TB WDPaasport

DrVSSKiran_1-1619028937819.png

 

In above picture you will see now My Passport (D:)

Step 2: Open ArcGIS Pro

DrVSSKiran_2-1619028937878.png

 

Step 3:  Add folder connection in Catalog pane

DrVSSKiran_3-1619028937899.png

 

I have browsed and connected the demo folder from My Passport external hard drive (D: Drive)

Step 4: Select the image and drag and drop on top of base map

DrVSSKiran_4-1619028937923.png

 

 

 

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EricPescatore
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Thank you for the detailed response. I was able to follow your example. I also found that it was partially my fault. I connected the Hard Drive after i opened ArcPro. Due to how ArcPro refreshes directories (e.g. its not dynamic when you hit add data, you have to manually refresh the directory hitting the button. In my case, I closed and reopened ArcPro while the drive was connected and it updated the directory cache and saw the drive. :)

So word to the wise, make sure your drives are connected before you open ArcPro.

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NikkiHartBrinkley
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Thanks for saving me 400 hours of my time today. Refresh button!

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