I have 650 individual raster tiles (MrSID format) representing aerial imagery of a county. Each one is approx. 72 MB in size. As with a lot of aerial imagery, I use this as a base image for other layers, e.g. parcels, roads, subdivisions, etc, for planning purposes.
What is the best way to store/use these for such a purpose? I attempted to create a raster dataset within a personal geodatabase (ArcGIS Basic 10.2), but it was taking an incredibly long time so I cancelled the process. Perhaps my settings could be tweaked to speed up the process? This raster is for my own personal use, not as an image service over a server.