Merge and Export Problems

Discussion created by john_stewart on Jun 3, 2011
Latest reply on Jun 3, 2011 by john_stewart
I'm working with a large set of soil data from many counties that I am having trouble with.  First, when I attempt to merge the data into one shapefile, the resulting shapefile cannot be opened or viewed.  When I merge them into a geodatabase feature class, the result can be opened in ArcMap, but any attempt to export it into a shapefile won't work, as the new shapefile can't be viewed.

Is there some sort of processing that I need to do to make this work, or is there some sort of upper limit to the size of the final file?  Keep in mind that the total size of the input files is 3.4 GB.  I appreciate any help in the matter.