I have upgraded from ArcGIS 10.0 to ArcGIS 10.3.1 and I noticed that I lost my Folder Connections in the process. Is there a way to recover my folder connections from ArcGIS 10.0? I have all my local files on the c: drive backed up.

  • See this question. It should work if you bring over the old files.
    – Paul
    Dec 1, 2015 at 20:55

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I ended up copying my whole ArcCatalog folder to the 10.3.1 location and that restored my folder connections.
However, I also performed a test and discovered that when I added a new folder connection, in ArcMap, that the file C:...\ESRI\Desktop10.0\ArcCatalog\ArcCatalog.gx file was updated with the same date and time as when the folder connection was created. I suspect that's the file that contains the folder connection information. If anybody can confirm that, please post a comment here.


esri documentation on recovering connections



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