I need to copy a file gdb from my local machine to a server using a remote desktop connection. I have been doing this using a simple copy/paste operation in Windows Explorer. I know that it is best practice to do this using ArcCatalog, but in this situation I can't.
What I would like to know is how risky this procedure is. I know there is a chance that there may still be locks on the datasets, or other processes accessing it, which could cause the data to be copied partially/incorrectly. I have indeed noticed this where just having ArcCatalog open on my local machine (and not inside the folder the containing the gdb) could cause the paste to fail/complete incorrectly.
What I have found is that it is quite inconsistent. Yesterday I had an mxd open which was referencing the file gdb. I then copied it through Windows Explorer and pasted it on the server. I was able to work with the contents on the server without a problem.
Today, the first thing I did after logging in was to copy and paste the same file gdb onto the server again. When I tried to open it in ArcMap, it was identified as a normal folder
test.gdb and not an actual geodatabase with the name
Would using something like TeraCopy help in this case, or do I just have to hope that all the data will get carried over each time? I see a similar question noted that ArcCatalog is the safest for moving the gdb (I agree, I would not dare to cut and paste the gdb through Windows).