ArcGIS 10.4.1 for Desktop Basic License - Windows 7
I have always assumed Arc stores the files associated with my feature classes in the directory of the GDB I made those classes in. When I navigate to that GDB directory with Windows Explorer there are no files with the names of my feature classes except for lock files (and those disappear as expected after I close ArcMap). Shapefiles I have created or imported into the GDB do appear in its directory. Are the feature classes I have created in there somewhere as well (inside one or more of those "a0000000X" files)? Am I confusing myself by assuming feature classes are made up of a similar looking cluster of files the way a shapefile is?
I'm trying to get all my bases covered for data back up purposes.