Can't add data from geodatabase

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12-20-2015 09:15 AM
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I am trying to connect to a geodatabase I obtained from a local city government. When I try to add data from it in arcmap or view it in arccatalog, the .gdb apears as a regular folder and if I click on it nothing else comes up. Opening it through windows explorer reveals it has 262 items in it. Any idea why can't I add data from it?

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Ryan,

  Sounds like the data got corrupted during transfer. It is best to have the originator zip the file for transfer or better yet use map packages for transferring data.

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don't use gdb's much, but you mentioned municipality.. is there any chance that they licensed it?

Generate File Geodatabase License—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop

perhaps corrupt or improperly sent, as previously indicated... give this a try

Recover File Geodatabase—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop

or cruise around some of the other tools here.

An overview of the File Geodatabase toolset—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop

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I have moved it to Managing Data as well, since it has nothing to do with the API

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New Contributor II

Hi, thanks for the responses. I am wondering if it got corrupted, I will

ask to see if they can zip it for me. I doubt that they have licensed it, I

can ask but I think they would have mentioned it if they had. And as for

the script... I don't really know much about Python but I could give it a

try.

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Ryan... it is a tool in arctoolbox ... Data Management tools, File geodatabase ... etc etc.

Recover File Geodatabase—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop no need to script

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New Contributor II

ah-ha... I just saw syntax and assumed that meant a script.

Ok, so I ran the recovery and created a new gdb to output the data into.

When I try to add data, the new gdb shows up as you would expect, but I get

an error message: "Failed to connect to database. This release of the

GeoDatabase is either invalid or out of date. [Invalid Geodatabase

release]." So... does that mean that the release they're using is

incompatible with my version, or something else?

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could be, you would have to know the version of arcmap they are using and yours...I haven't looked at the other tools in the toolbox.  Probably time to give them a call in the morning...

PS then there is this toolset An overview of the Geodatabase Administration toolset—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop

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Try aright-click to open the properties of the gdb (recommend doing this on the new one or a copy of the original) and seeing if the option to "update" is there.  That might do the trick .

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