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Transferred files without ArcCatalogue - can't open layers in ArcMap

Question asked by Rlavoie35 on Aug 15, 2014
Latest reply on Aug 15, 2014 by Rlavoie35



I transferred files from one computer to another just by copy/paste without using ArcCatalogue (yes, I am a beginner : ) and now the source computer is dead, so I can't do it properly anymore.


The files in the new computer are there, but GIS can't open them and the following Open Failed window appears: "Error opening feature class" and there are red exclamation marks beside my layers.


The individual files for a specific Shapefile Feature Class (.dbf, .sbn, .sbx, .shp, .shp.xml and .prj) all seem to contain the right information - for instance, I can open the .dbf files in Excel and it contains the right information. My understanding is that all files are not linked together the right way.


Is there a way to restore the integrity of the files?


Thank you very much for the help!!