I'm using ArcMap 10.1 I recently downloading some files that are in .adf format.

I need to convert them to .shp.

I just simply need step by step instructions of how to convert the data.


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you can use quick import tool in data interoperabilty toolbox to covert your data to arcgis geodatabase then expot those feature class to shape file.enter image description here


Based on ESRI document you can convert by Feature Class To Feature Class tool:

"Converts a shapefile, coverage feature class, or geodatabase feature class to a shapefile or geodatabase feature class"

example: If you want convert polygon in coverage to shapefile polygon enter image description here


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The answer lies in ArcCatalog. Put all the coverage files in one folder, select all the ones you want to change into shapefiles, right click, export --> shapefile (multiple), then select the output folder and OK. It takes a while but it's so easy!

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