I am in midst of converting many existing Shape files in 9.3 format, to 10.3.1 ARC GIS Map format.

03-10-2016 02:45 PM
New Contributor III

Is there an easy way, and/or, is there a conversion program ??

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MVP Honored Contributor

Hi Ralph,

Are you wanting to store all of these data in a geodatabase? Do you have a certain file type container that you want to use? How many shapefiles do you have?

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MVP Legendary Contributor

If you just want shapefiles and not some other format... you are done!

The shapefile format is independent of the ArcMap version AND it can be used in many other software packages.

MVP Frequent Contributor

To expand on what Adrian Welsh is suggesting, if you decide you want to convert all the shapefiles to feature classes in a File or Personal Geodatabase, and you have many of them, there are a couple of ways to automate that process:

Also, if you are not sure if you want to consider using shapefiles or not, here's some info that may help in making a decision:

Geoprocessing considerations for shapefile output

Chris Donohue, GISP

MVP Honored Contributor

To build on to what Chris Donohue, GISP​ was saying (utilizing a batch process to convert your shapefiles into geodatabase), there are some resources online you could utilize (or build a model through ModelBuilder and/or utilize a Python script to do this).

Here is a very old 'resource' I found from Esri's site to do this (assuming it still works):

Convert shapefiles and coverages to a geodatabase in batch mode

Or, here is a blog post that describes a simple way:

Migrating your existing data into the Geodatabase | ArcGIS Blog