Separating overlapping polygons

Discussion created by mb1005 on Jul 21, 2011
Latest reply on Jul 21, 2011 by dhoneycutt-esristaff

I have several shapefiles with hundreds of polygons in each of them. In each shapefile, some of the polygons overlap. Is there any way to somehow get the polygons which overlap to be separated into a separate shapefile? So that I still have all the data, but none which overlap? I tried splitting the layer by it's attributes (ID number), but I end up with three thousand separate shapefiles, which is really unmanageable for what I need to do with them later.

I appreciate any help or suggestions!