I have recently downloaded ASTER data from the glovis.usgs.gov website. The data was downloaded in a .HDF format and I have been unable to open these files in Arcmap, i'm using ArcGIS 10.4. When trying to add the file to ArcMap I receive a warning stating "Invalid raster dataset. Failed to create raster layer".

Can someone help me remedy this problem or point me in another direction to get free ASTER imagery?


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You may want to try http://gdex.cr.usgs.gov/gdex/ where you can download geotiffs, as written here: https://lpdaac.usgs.gov/node/1079 I used that source for an arcgis project too.


See if you can use this tool, http://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/tool-reference/data-management/extract-subdataset.htm, and that should do it. Just remember to set reprojection to where you want them to be...

I have had done that worked with ASTER and they were in HDF format.

  • I have tried using the extract-subdataset tool before but the problem with that is that it gives me the options of over a thousand subdatasets to choose from. Once I select the subdatasets it asks whether i want to draw the pyramids but then that tool fails and then it fails to draw the raster. Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 19:10
  • Do you have ERDAS or ENVI ?
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 20:42
  • I do not.. My graduate university doesn't have the license for it and i'm trying to avoid buying the license with my grant money. Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 22:13

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