I am trying to use the import multiple features into geodatabase option in ArcCatalog (ArcGIS 10.1). Or, similarly, I try to use the import raster option, which screen layout is similar to the multiple features screen, allowing you to import multiple rasters at once.

The process goes through with a green check mark, but when I expand the geodatabase, nothing is there, not if I refresh, not if I close the program and reopen.

If I use the option to import a single feature class into a geodatabase, it goes fine. That is what I have been doing as a work around. However, there is no such "import single raster" screen, so now I'm stuck as I need to import rasters.

Any ideas of what could be the problem and how to fix it?

I'm teaching a GIS course at a university, so am scratching my head about this problem, as my students are experiencing the same problem on their computers as well.

Here is the dialogue after it is finished--nothing unusual that I can note (used ~~~ to replace personal info here): Executing: FeatureClassToGeodatabase C:\Users\~~~\Documents\ArcGIS\Data\Canada\ontario_coastline.shp;C:\Users\~~~\Documents\ArcGIS\US_coastline.shp C:\Users\~~~\Documents\ArcGIS\~~~.gdb Start Time: Tue Oct 13 22:20:03 2015 Running script FeatureClassToGeodatabase... Completed script FeatureClassToGeodatabase... Succeeded at Tue Oct 13 22:20:03 2015 (Elapsed Time: 0.00 seconds)

And this is the output from the results menu from another attempt with just one file, but using the import multiple command:

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    What version of arc are you on? Are the computers current on the version service packs?
    – artwork21
    Commented Oct 14, 2015 at 1:36
  • 10.1, and, yes, the service pack versions of Windows are current.
    – Cory A.
    Commented Oct 14, 2015 at 2:40
  • Please edit your question to add additional details that are requested using comments. I think you should go to Geoprocessing | Geoprocessing Options and turn off background processing as a test. It may give you more information about what is happening. You could also look at the Geoprocessing | Results window.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Oct 14, 2015 at 3:06
  • Post edited, with more info; and turning off background processing did not affect the outcome.
    – Cory A.
    Commented Oct 14, 2015 at 3:27

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I can't reproduce your issue with ArcGIS 10.3.1. Couldn't find a bug corresponding to it neither. As a workaround:

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Batch and ModelBuilder can be used for rasters as well, if Raster To Other Format doesn't work for you. In ModelBuilder, use the Iterate Rasters iterator.

  • Thanks for these suggestions. I tried the Raster to Other format tool, with no success. Some outcome, which says it worked, but didn't. I worked on the model with the raster, but don't know ModelBuilder well enough to develop the same model you did (though got part way ). I could teach this later in the semester, but at this point, just need a way to import rasters into the geodatabase that does not involve teaching them something new at the moment. The issue seems to be, whenever I pull up an import window, if it is just a single import, then it works, if multiple, it doesn't.
    – Cory A.
    Commented Oct 14, 2015 at 22:04
  • @Cory A. What about using the tool in Batch mode, does it work?
    – GISGe
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 5:55

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