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ArcGIS 10.4 now won't load large feature class

Question asked by dkwiens Champion on Nov 7, 2016
Latest reply on Nov 8, 2016 by dkwiens

Throughout the years, I have made many, many maps based on the same map template (spanning version 10.0 to, now, 10.4.1). The template includes several base mapping layers, like an imagery WMS, roads, pipelines, wellsites, land parcels, etc. At some point last week, ArcMap decided it would no longer load the roads layer. It's quite a large feature class by my standards although I doubt it's considered "big data" (285MB), but it used to load no problem. Now, it starts to load and soon after goes "not responding". I made a map using this template on November 1, with no problem. Now, I can't successfully open it.

 

Here are some things I've tried:

- brand new mxd, won't load feature class (goes "not responding")

- other machines also can't load the feature class

- deleted Normal.mxt

- restarted computer

- this happens with fresh download and archived version , which used to work

 

As far as I know, I haven't installed any Windows updates since November 1. Also, I upgraded to Windows 10/ArcGIS 10.4.1 a couple of months with no major issues.

 

Is there any sort of cache I should clear or setting in ArcMap that might cause a problem rendering a large feature class?

 

If anyone's interested, the feature class I'm trying to load can be found here:

Digital Road Atlas (DRA) - Master Partially-Attributed Roads - Datasets - Data Catalogue 

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