I'm working with a large point dataset (700,000+) features which is just over 2gb in size. I wanted to split the dataset to reduce file size. However when I do a clip in ArcMap 10.5 on the shapefile, the .dbf remains the same size. I've tried searching for previous questions and read through several documents to no avail. Any thoughts?
Let me provide further context based on comments/suggestions, I've tried clipping down to about a 1/3 of the points and only a very insignificant amount of file size for the .dbf was shaved off.
Keep in mind that the file is comprised of about 700,000+ features/rows. To try to select 1/3 of the feature by selecting rows within the attribute table would be a very cumbersome process compared to select tools or other methods.
I've also tried using the selected features method, than created layer from selected features, then export to shapefile. No change in file size.