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I'm sure there must be a simple reason for this but I can't seem to be able to import a shp file or a feature class from another file or sde geodatabase into a Feature Dataset without getting an error. The feature classes come in fine if I don't don't try to import them into a Feature Dataset. The feature dataset definitely has the same projection as the feature classes I'm trying to import so I don't think that's the problem. The Error I get is ERROR 000210 and just says Failed to convert and cannot create output and Failed to execute (CopyFeatures).

Any ideas what I may be doing wrong here. Seems like something so simple. I'm trying to use the Feature Datasets to better organize my data which I think is there purpose.

Update: So as you can see below, Jason helped me find the answer. As suggested by Matt below, I added a new Idea to the ArcGIS Ideas site. Here is the link to that, so please promote this up if you agree a better error message is needed here: http://ideas.arcgis.com/ideaView?id=08730000000brxl

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Actually feature datasets are not meant to be used as an organizational tool (though they can be, that's not their main purpose). They're used to group feature classes that share a coordinate system and to enable them to participate in geodatabase behavior like topologies, geometric networks and terrains. –  blah238 Oct 6 '11 at 1:17
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Even if you are only using feature datasets as if they were a "folder" for a geodatabase you will need to make sure that they have the same coordinate system as any data you try to put in them. –  PolyGeo Oct 6 '11 at 5:40
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I've had problems importing features into a feature dataset if there is another feature anywhere else in the geodatabase with the same name, even if it's not in the same dataset. I don't remember the error I got and whether it was apparent to me at the time, but I guess if nothing else is working so far that's one more thing you could check... –  Jason Oct 6 '11 at 13:35
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@wilbev, please post a request on ideas.arcgis.com for a meaningful error message, to the effect of "target already exists". With that you would have discovered and solved your problem in seconds. (and share the link back here so we can vote it up) This isn't the first time a generic error message has spawned many hours of fruitless troubleshooting. –  matt wilkie Oct 6 '11 at 22:33
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I've had problems importing features into a feature dataset if there is another feature anywhere else in the geodatabase with the same name, even if it's not in the same dataset. I don't remember the error I got and whether it was apparent to me at the time, but I guess if nothing else is working so far that's one more thing you could check...

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Thanks Jason, this was the issue. I did have another feature class outside of the feature dataset I was trying to import into with the same name. It sure would be nice if ArcMap gave the user an indication this was the problem. The error feedback is pretty bad overall in ArcGIS. –  wilbev Oct 7 '11 at 17:05
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Try using Feature Class To Feature Class instead of Copy Features. The same coordinate system is not the same thing as identical; also see ArcCatalog 10.0 complains that spatial references don't match between a feature dataset and a feature class that have the same coordinate system?

Fc-to-Fc is more thorough than copy and will automatically take care of coordinate transformation, if needed, as well as transfer attribute domains and some other goodies.

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I tried this and had no luck with it either. It does give me a new group of errors and actually adds the feature class but not any of the feature points. I get error 000594: Input feature 0: falls outside output geometry domains. So I looked up that error and tried changing the output XY domain of a new feature dataset and still no luck. –  wilbev Oct 6 '11 at 20:39
    
eeep. I think this might be a case of chopping the source file into pieces and importing each piece until you can locate the set of geometry(ies) which is broken/invalid. –  matt wilkie Oct 6 '11 at 22:25
    
does the data cross 180deg east/west, or the poles? Another thing to try is clipping the data to a bounding box guaranteed to be within the X/Y spatial domain. –  matt wilkie Oct 6 '11 at 22:27
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Edited for clarity:

I had this error many times, and the only way around it, I found, was to use code to create the featuredatasets and featureclasses in arcpy

It's usage is like this:

arcpy.CreateFeatureDataset_management(workspacePath, fcName, sr)  

Where workspace path is obviously the path to your local fgdb, fcName is the Featuredataset and sr the projection info. It's so easy, and cured the 00210 straight away.

sr = "GEOGCS[\"GCS_WGS_1984\",DATUM[\"D_WGS_1984\",SPHEROID[\"WGS_1984
\",6378137.0,298.257223563]],PRIMEM[\"Greenwich\",0.0],UNIT
[\"Degree\",0.0174532925199433],AUTHORITY[\"EPSG\",4326]]"
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Hairy this is a nicely formatted and descriptive answer, but it's in the wrong place because it doesn't address the question asked. He already has a FeatureDataset. –  matt wilkie Oct 6 '11 at 17:13
    
@matt wilkie - I know, hence me stating that I had this isue many times before, and the onlyw ay I could get around it, was by creating the featuredataset in code first? –  Hairy Oct 7 '11 at 6:42
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oh, I see now. Thanks for the clarification. –  matt wilkie Oct 11 '11 at 7:01
    
No worries, cheers –  Hairy Oct 11 '11 at 7:09
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