Under the What's new for geodatabases in ArcGIS 10 Esri talks about an optional parameter that allows you to create a 9.3 geodatabase in version 10.
I cannot find any other info.
Any help on how to get to this "optional parameter" working?
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It's an optional parameter when using the Create File GDB geoprocessing tool.
The ArcGIS version for the geodatabase to be created.
CURRENT —Creates a geodatabase compatible with the currently installed version of ArcGIS 10.0 —Creates a geodatabase compatible with ArcGIS version 10 9.3 —Creates a geodatabase compatible with ArcGIS version 9.3 9.2 —Creates a geodatabase compatible with ArcGIS version 9.2
Swingley's answer should be the accepted answer, but I'll offer this up as an alternative since I know this to be common: Make a copy of an existing empty 9.3 geodatabase.
At each ArcGIS release, I create an empty file geodatabase and empty personal geodatabase and store them on a network drive and on the USB. Whenever I need new one, I just copy a geodatabase from my stash.
As I was writing this answer, I remembered James Fee's blog post about the same topic back in 2006. It looks like he's actually added links for 9.3 and 10.0 geodatabases to the blog post:
There's a geoprocessing tool with a version option: