Using ArcGIS Desktop 10.3, I need to import thousands of folders containing shapefiles into a geodatabase. How can I do this?

Here is a part of the files that need to be exported into a geodatabase: enter image description here

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    Are the shps within each folder uniquely named or are some of them the same? If same, are you wanting to merge like named layers together?
    – artwork21
    May 24, 2018 at 15:02
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    It's almost always a mistake to create thousands of tables anywhere. The real power of databases is in rows with the same schema, so reducing your table count is a critical step in data import.
    – Vince
    May 24, 2018 at 15:33
  • Some of the shapefiles have the same name and need to be kept separated as they represent different area.
    – Fred
    May 25, 2018 at 8:48

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Right click your geodatabase, select import feature class (multiple), navigate to folders containing shape files, shift+click all your shapefiles.

If you want to consolidate all the thousands of folders into one, that could make that easier

  • How can you consolidate these folders into one?
    – Fred
    May 24, 2018 at 14:52
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    just copy and paste all into one
    – Maksim
    May 24, 2018 at 15:09
  • there is 24000 files, the computer does not have enough power to load so much data.
    – Fred
    May 25, 2018 at 8:50

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