I am trying to add additional points to a data layer that already exists. I need to add approximately 12 points to the existing map. What would be the best tool to use to accomplish this? I have tried to merge the files but that just deletes the existing attributes in the table that I need. Thanks
Python might be a good choice for you. You will be able to manage the fields that you want to populate and add the new points very quickly. Something like:
import arcpy # Create insert cursor fc = arcpy.InsertCursor("c:/feature_class_add_points_to") rows = arcpy.SearchCursor("c:/features_to_add") # for row in rows: feat = fc.newRow() feat.shape = row.shape# set values for any other fields you want
feat.setValue("otherfield",row.otherfield) fc.insertRow(feat) # Delete cursor and row objects to remove locks on the data
del fc del row del rows
edit: technically, it sounds like you want the Append tool (adds features to an existing feature class rather than creating a new feature class), but Merge is nice to use for practice.