Delete field causes general function failure, empty attribute table

Discussion created by nmoylan on Mar 3, 2014
Latest reply on Mar 5, 2014 by vangelo-esristaff

I'm using ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 SP1.  I was working on a feature class within a file goedatabase and made a few minor edits (create a new feature, cut a feature in two) I ended the edit session without incident and proceeded  to recalculate some fields by selecting records, again no issues.  I then tried to delete an unwanted field, this gave me an error "General function Failure" and then wiped out my feature table.

The feature class will no longer add to any of my projects and is unviewable in ArcCatalog, I can however see the properties for it and can see that all the fields are still there.  It almost seems as though there is no link between the geometry and the attributes.

Is there a way that I can either repair the file or export the tabular data from the feature class at least?

any help is appreciated.