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I am working with NC shapefiles, I downloaded a national cities shapefile and I can't seem to line them up, actually you can't even see the layers in the same view. I have tried many times to re project in Arc Catalog, I even took the layers .prj file and copied and pasted it into the cities .prj file and it still did not work. I made the layer undefined and brought it into a projected data frame thinking it would project on the fly and that did not work. I projected it in WGS1984 thinking arc will know how to make it line up with NCs' state plane and that didn't work either.
The only difference I have noticed comparing projection data is that the source extents are different. I can't see anyway to change them.
an example of the difference when I am in ArcMap and pull up it's source properties
the file where the projection is correct Left: 363485.468756 m the file where the projection is wrong Left:-178.877400 m
any help would be greatly appreciated!