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File geodatabase has become locked - "do not have permissions to edit"

Question asked by bogg2050_Otter on Jun 7, 2019
Latest reply on Mar 4, 2020 by

Hi all, 


I am working from ArcGIS Pro 2.3.3, win 10 64bit, with a file database that is stored on a network drive. After running the Feature Class to Feature Class tool and loading in some data to the new feature class, my database has become locked. When I try to edit any of the information within the database, I get an error message in Pro which states "unable to edit feature". I opened Desktop and I get an error message saying that "I do not have the required permissions".


  • I have checked in the file folder to see if there were some schema lock files that I could delete, nothing there.
  • The folder is not read only.
  • I copied the file folder onto my desktop to see if that made any difference, no change. 
  • My database is not compressed. 
  • I exported a feature class out of the database and then was able to edit it, but I do not seem to be able to replicate/copy the database itself using ESRI tools.

While I have the ability to recover my database, I am concerned that this issue will present itself again when I run the tool in the future. 


Does anyone know what could be going on?


This thread is for desktop and mentions some issues. - 


One person reported an issue using pro and something that may be a result of how metadata is being stored. :

     "In my case I was using arc pro, on a server network. Would used a FC to FC. Would then become read -only. I would right click on my new feature class>Properties>Metadata

The first box is a drop down, I chose "Layer has its own metadata""