Batch export by attribute (single shapefile to multiple)

Discussion created by andyofmars on Nov 28, 2011
Latest reply on Nov 29, 2011 by Dan_Patterson

Ok, so I have a 10m contour dataset of the entire state of Tasmania, I need to break this down into a few hundred smaller datasets (each the size of a 25k topographical map). The only way i know of doing this in arcmap is by selecing by attribute (and then choosing which map grid to export) and then exporting that as a seperate dataset, and then repeating the process. My question is, Is there a batch tool for this kind of process, or a way of automating this in model builder, or am I going about this completely wrong?

Thanks in advance,
Andrew Marshall