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Unexpected error from the external database driver (1)

Question asked by deleted-user--WGKEqvHwtik on Oct 13, 2017
Latest reply on Oct 24, 2017 by tdbenedi

I am trying to import an xls file for aerial imagery into my map. I'm working on ArcMap 10.5.1. I've never had a problem before but today have received the error message: 

"Could not add the specified data object to the map. 

General function failure

Unexpected error from thte external database drive (1)."


I downloaded the driver located here:Download 2007 Office System Driver: Data Connectivity Components from Official Microsoft Download Center 

mentioned in other similar posts but that did not fix the problem.