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04-22-2013 12:17 PM
CliffParker
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Is there an easy way to copy an entire sde geodatabase to a file or personal geodatabase?
The only way I've been able to successfully copy is by exporting to xml and then importing that same xml into my new geodatabase.
This works but can take quite some time depending on how big the gdb is.

There must be a quicker / simpler way.
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RobertBorchert
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Create the new geodatabase in either file or personal in ArcCatalog

open a second ArcCatalog

One window on the old one on the new.

Simple grab and drag feature datasets from SDE to the new database.

If you SDE is large it works best to only grab a few at a time. But you can try it first with the whole thing.

Is there an easy way to copy an entire sde geodatabase to a file or personal geodatabase?
The only way I've been able to successfully copy is by exporting to xml and then importing that same xml into my new geodatabase.
This works but can take quite some time depending on how big the gdb is.

There must be a quicker / simpler way.

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RobertBorchert
Frequent Contributor III
Create the new geodatabase in either file or personal in ArcCatalog

open a second ArcCatalog

One window on the old one on the new.

Simple grab and drag feature datasets from SDE to the new database.

If you SDE is large it works best to only grab a few at a time. But you can try it first with the whole thing.

Is there an easy way to copy an entire sde geodatabase to a file or personal geodatabase?
The only way I've been able to successfully copy is by exporting to xml and then importing that same xml into my new geodatabase.
This works but can take quite some time depending on how big the gdb is.

There must be a quicker / simpler way.
FrédéricPRALLY
Esri Contributor
Hi PMcaparker,

Maybe you can take a look at this KB article below:

http://support.esri.com/en/knowledgebase/techarticles/detail/40831

Have a great day,

Fred
JoshuaBixby
MVP Esteemed Contributor

+1, automation is the way to go with tasks like this one.