Feature dataset limit?

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08-10-2014 09:25 PM
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Is there a limit on the number of feature datasets that I can create in a file geodatabase? Does this at some point cause performance issues, or is there a hard limit?

I have a file geodatabase in which each month I receive some data that is placed in a feature dataset named after that month. This in theory will be happening in perpetuity. Is there another method of data management that I should be investigating?

Thanks in advance.

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From the help files

General discussion including Personal gdb

File Geodatabase

Enterprise Geodatabase

which should give you a starting point for consideration

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From the help files

General discussion including Personal gdb

File Geodatabase

Enterprise Geodatabase

which should give you a starting point for consideration

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Thanks, Dan.

I read through the help files and have come to the conclusion that there should be no limit to the number of feature datasets that I can have sitting in a file geodatabase. However, it is never explicitly addressed. I guess I just wanted some reassurance that I would not run into difficulties in the future. But given the volumes of data that the geodatabases are designed to handle, I would assume that multiple feature datasets would not cause issues.

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Farther to Dan's answer, i would like to share with you a very old article entitled "The Top Nine Reasons to use a File Geodatabase" which could help you.

http://www.esri.com/~/media/Files/Pdfs/news/arcuser/0309/files/9reasons.pdf