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Joining taking 36 hours - advice

Question asked by harrybowman on Jul 17, 2012
Latest reply on Jul 17, 2012 by harrybowman
Both tables are in the same file GDB. Both are indexed on the join field. Running Join Field GP tool. After 13 hours, only 30% finished. It is only step one of about 10 such steps. ArcMap is only using 113 MB of my 12 GB of RAM and only one processor of 8, but I don't know how to make it go faster without chopping the data back into shapefile chunks. It's far too late for that this time and I will have to admit defeat *again* to my employer. Is ArcGIS Desktop simply not capable of handling operations on 20+million record joined file GDB tables?