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Mosaic Dataset or File on Disk for Faster Raster Geoprocessing

Question asked by harrismr on Feb 6, 2015
Latest reply on Feb 6, 2015 by jskinner-esristaff

Hey everyone,


I have about 1300 raster layers that I am iterating through on multiple processes and I am just wondering if anyone has an opinion on mosaic datasets vs just having your rasters in a folder on your disk. These rasters I am using are not meant to be mosaicked as they overlap extensively and the differences where they overlap are important . So each raster layer needs to be treated individually in geoprocessing. Would holding these rasters in a mosaic dataset make iterating through each layer faster, or would it hinder the process?