Is there a proper way to delete archived feature classes?

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03-02-2020 06:34 AM
MollyFoley
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When I open my enterprise geodatabase and delete a feature class that participates in archiving, it gets deleted as expected. Then when I refresh that database, the feature classes reappears as "FeatureClassName_H". I assume the underscore H means "History" and that layer does indeed contain all the points that were archived, even if they were deleted somewhere along the way in the original layer. So after deleting the archived feature class, the _H feature class appears and then I delete that one too. Is there a proper process I should be using, or this the correct way to go about it?

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DanPatterson_Retired
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Enable archiving—Geodatabases | Documentation 

Disable archiving—Geodatabases | Documentation 

the _H and several _ extensions can appear.

Sounds like disable and then decide what to do with remnants/history is suggested 

I assume you experimented with the help topics in the Archiving and Versioned sections

eg

What is archiving?—Geodatabases | Documentation 

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DanPatterson_Retired
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Enable archiving—Geodatabases | Documentation 

Disable archiving—Geodatabases | Documentation 

the _H and several _ extensions can appear.

Sounds like disable and then decide what to do with remnants/history is suggested 

I assume you experimented with the help topics in the Archiving and Versioned sections

eg

What is archiving?—Geodatabases | Documentation 

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MollyFoley
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Yeah, I wasn't disabling first. That helps. Thanks!

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