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I am trying to create a raster data set from county level polygon data for the US. I have successfully created one raster from a dataset, but when attempting another, it does not work. I am wondering if I am missing something. It's in ArcMap 10, I have tried moving the cell size up to 100 (it took the recommended cell size for the other data set) and have also changed any NULL values to zero. I get the "999999 : Error executing function". I have also tried the Feature to Raster tool. Same error message. Any ideas or troubleshooting tips would be great! Thanks.

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Is there any additional error information in Geoprocessing > Results? –  Aaron Nov 5 '12 at 19:18
    
Try to check your polygon data, maybe there are some bad polygons (zero area, or self-intersecting, or something else wrong) –  nadya Nov 5 '12 at 19:20
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ArcMap 10 sometimes has issues with background processing on certain machines. If you have background processing enabled, try disabling it (Geoprocessing -> Geoprocessing Options -> Uncheck Enable under Background Processing). Try running your process again and see if that works. –  egdetti Nov 5 '12 at 19:22
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Paths with spaces are an issue. Try saving the output to simple folder and keep the output filename under 10 characters in length. –  Dan Patterson Nov 5 '12 at 19:45
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Thanks everyone. The first thing I tried was disabling the background processing and it worked! –  Anna Nov 5 '12 at 20:01

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Adding my comment as an answer since this seems to be a solution:

ArcMap 10 sometimes has issues with background processing on certain machines. If you have background processing enabled, try disabling it (Geoprocessing -> Geoprocessing Options -> Uncheck Enable under Background Processing). Try running your process again and see if that works.

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This solution also worked for me when I had a similar problem. –  Gideon Sep 25 '13 at 9:37

Althoug I have unchecked the background processing option, the issue wasn't resolved. I found out that saving the polygon in the default.gdb (Documents /arcGis/default.gdb), instead of somewhere on the network, it's problem is solved.

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