In ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop I am trying to use the spatial analyst tool 'sample' to extract data from several layers.

I have double checked and the input location raster is in the same format and cell size as the input raster, however the tool will not run.

The couple of times I have got the tool to run it has not populated the table with data or the data has been incorrect.

I have not previously had a problem whilst doing something similar with other data sets on an other computer.

Any suggestions?

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    Have you checked that they are in the same projection? The function should probably handle this, but in some cases I suppose it could cause problems.
    – Martin
    Mar 21, 2014 at 6:26
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    Use ArcGIS 10.0 or 10.2, not 10.1.
    – user26019
    Jun 5, 2014 at 4:29

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If your rasters are in Esri Grid format then there is a bug called NIM089383:

The Sample tool fails to produce values in the output table with Esri GRIDs that worked in the previous version.

It's solved in 10.2.1.

If you can't upgrade and if you use GRID rasters, try converting them to another format.

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