Extract some data from a shape file

Discussion created by 19499787 on Jan 9, 2013
Latest reply on Jan 9, 2013 by LDanzinger-esristaff
Sorry it's such a basic problem.

I've a shape file with around 15million rows and around 20 columns.
I want to extract a subset (50k rows) of this data based on geographic location. (i.e if it occures inside a predifined area).
Every method I try ArcGIS closes down. (I've 10.1 on win 7 and 9.3 on XP).
Could some kind soul advise me the best way to proceed?