I can create a file geodatabase in ArcCatalog 10.2 and 10.4 in C:/ drive and in 2 network drives but on the 3rd network drive when you try to create a file geodatabase (fgdb) by either right clicking and selecting new>file GDB, or Python script or by using FME. I get an error saying I don't have permission to create a FGDB and it disconnects the drive, not only in ArcCatalog but also if I try to access the drive through Windows Explorer. The only way to re-map the drive is to log out and log back in again.

Upon reopening you can see a new fgdb but it won't open stating it is corrupt or created with a different version to the current version.

It gets stranger because I can create a fgdb using FME's File Geodb-Open API. I have checked with the network administrators and I have full read/write/execute on the drive and I have no problems creating a personal database .mdb file, shapefiles or executing Python scripts. The administrators have said the drive is fine and there should be no permissions issues and ArcCatalog, ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro all work fine so it doesn't appear to be a software issue either.

There is a slight difference in the size of the corrupted fgdb 115kb compared to 122kb for a normal empty and this appears to be down to the a00000004gdbtable and a00000004.gdbtablx.

How can I fix this problem?

In the short term I can create a fgdb in C drive and copy it across but that's not a preferred long term option. And I would prefer not to have to rebuild my machine.

This question has also been posted on ESRI's geonet website.

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    sounds like a group policy set on the network share itself. can you create any other type of files on the drive? .txt or .docx ect...
    – NULL.Dude
    Commented Oct 9, 2018 at 12:46
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    Possibly a network latency issue?
    – Bjorn
    Commented Oct 9, 2018 at 13:05
  • yes, I can create text files, docs and everything else except file geodatabases, I should also add the problem only started about a month ago. Before that it was fine but apperently no changes have been made in the last month to that drive.
    – Banger
    Commented Oct 9, 2018 at 13:12
  • Can you create a mapped drive to the network drive on your PC?
    – enolan
    Commented Oct 9, 2018 at 13:45
  • yes, no problems
    – Banger
    Commented Oct 9, 2018 at 14:12

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Andy was correct. It was the virus scanner, eventually one of our team members got an error message indicating interference from the virus protection software, we managed to persuade the IT department to temporarily remove the software and the problem was solved.

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